Rye rebuilds, implements flood mitigation projects a year after Ida's devastation

The storm killed more than a dozen New Yorkers, and more than 80 Americans - including several from the Hudson Valley.

News 12 Staff

Sep 1, 2022, 10:22 AM

Updated 625 days ago


Houses on Mendota and Wappanocca Avenue in Rye are on the rise, literally, a year after Hurricane Ida's remnants devastated the Hudson Valley.
"So we raised the house, we raised it about three to four feet," said resident Mario Rodriguez, whose home was damaged by the storm. "It was frustrating that I couldn't get back into my house."
A year later, they relocated to Portchester while the house got a lift.
The brook that flows behind the houses is the reason why they were hit badly.
"I know they put in a monitor over there," Rodriguez said.
The City of Rye implemented a new project in which they put in a monitoring system for the blind brook. Residents on the street, however, said they believe more can still be done.
"We have to do everything we can in order to put the city in a place where it won't be so damaged if and when it happens again," said Rye Mayor Josh Cohn.
The city has more solutions in the pipelines.
"The city council identified a list of projects to really drill down on. The stage we're in now is under the design of certain projects in collaboration with other communities," explained city manager Greg Usry.
In the meantime, Jeremy Garrett, the owner of Ironmen House Lifting, has spent a great deal of time in Rye after Ida.
"We're elevating the buildings to where the new FEMA baseline elevation will actually alleviate any future flooding that's going to come about," Garrett explained.
While others who were around for Ida have decided they won't be around for another storm, city officials hope the projects they're planning will protect homes and residents.

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