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Hudson Mayors Want Army Corps Help In Preventing Flooding From Future Storm

Irvington Mayor Brian Smith with the Hudson River behind him - Feb. 19, 2013 (credit: Monica Miller / WCBS 880)

Irvington Mayor Brian Smith with the Hudson River behind him – Feb. 19, 2013 (credit: Monica Miller / WCBS 880)

Superstorm Sandy

IRVINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - Businesses and mayors along the Hudson River are asking the Army Corps of Engineers to include them in their study to prevent disasters like superstorm Sandy.

Irvington Mayor Brian Smith said they’ve built a thriving a business district on the Hudson.

“What we’re worried about is that some of them are thinking of leaving,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Monica Miller.

“After a hundred years of no floods, we’ve now had two major floods within a year,” he said.

“Eileen Fisher’s warehouse and development area, all of her sample’s were destroyed,” he said.

$20 million in federal Sandy relief aid will be used for a study by the Army Corps of Engineers to figure out how stop future flooding in places like Long Island, New York City, and the Jersey Shore.

“Our old sea walls, they obviously weren’t built for something like Sandy,” he said.

Smith said he’s asking the corps to include Hudson River communities in their research.

“We can start working on addressing the problem on a macro level so hopefully that the flooding doesn’t happen again in the next 12 months or so,” he said.