Lowey Announces $3.2 Million in Federal Funding for Flood Control Project in Clarkstown

February 14, 2019
Press Release

CLARKSTOWN, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman, today announced $3,243,287 in federal funding to the Town of Clarkstown to fund Phase II of the Klein Ave Levee flood control project. The funding – which covers the full cost of the project – was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

“It’s essential for our infrastructure to withstand increasingly severe storms. With this more than $3 million in federal funding, Clarkstown will have the resources for significant improvements to the Klein Ave Levee that will help adequately protect surrounding neighborhoods, businesses, and infrastructure from flooding,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “As a House Appropriator, I’m proud to have secured robust funding for Sandy assistance projects and to have worked with FEMA to deliver this federal grant to Clarkstown.”

“The residents of West Nyack have been dealing with severe flooding issues for many years,” said Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann. “The $3.5 million Klein Ave Levee Improvement project is funded by a FEMA hazard mitigation grant program from Hurricanes Irene, Lee, and Sandy, the very storms in which the residents of Klein Ave. suffered some of the worst flooding. This project will protect their families and their homes from more catastrophic flooding events in the future. Thank you to Congresswoman Nita Lowey for helping us expedite the funding commitment for this project and for her continuing support of our efforts to secure grants that benefit the Town of Clarkstown.” 

Increases in rainfall and storm severity have increased the flood elevation of the Hackensack River, reducing the effectiveness of the existing Klein Ave Levee to protect the adjacent residential neighborhood, local businesses, and public infrastructure from flooding in severe storm events. The levee has been overtopped by storms in 2007, 2010, and 2011. The improvements funded by this federal grant will raise and extend the levee to prevent overtopping and contain the flood flows of the Hackensack River. The project is part of the larger Global Match program that is in place for the presidential declaration of a major disaster for New York due to Superstorm Sandy.