Federal money floods in to study Saw Mill River

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Communities in Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties are searching for flood fixes, and now federal money may offer some solutions to the ongoing problem. Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) secured $8 million for the Army Corps of Engineers to develop a long-term solution to the flooding problem. Currently, the focus is on the area near 9A in Elmsford and Greenburgh where the Saw Mill River wreaks havoc during heavy rains. The Corps is going to re-evaluate data gathered back in the 1980s.

?It's important to get the study right. We don't want something that's going to sit on a shelf,? said Lowey. The study could take up to three years to complete. The challenge will then be in implementing the solutions. During the study, Lowey wants to use local and county money to clear trees and debris from the Saw Mill River to offer some short-term relief.

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