FEMA proposes flood mitigation plan
Posted at: 06/25/2012 2:12 PM
By: Andrew Murphy
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is proposing a mitigation plan for future damage to the Canal System within the state.
Last summer, flooding brought trees and other debris into the Mohawk River which then ended up caught in flood control gates in the Canal System.
FEMA would like to install gates that fold down under the pressure of floodwater, allowing debris to pass through. These gates would replace the chain-raised gates currently in place. The chain-raised gates are difficult and dangerous to raise during flooding event. FEMA estimates the cost at $30.5 million.
In total, FEMA has written a total of 43 projects worth $62 million to repair damage to the Canal System caused by Irene and Lee last fall.
The canal system is also slated to receive $17.3 million to clear sediment and debris from the waterway in the wake of last summers storms.