Bronxville has received a $4.4 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fix ongoing flooding problems that have caused almost $30 million in damage in the past decade, The Journal News/Lohud.com reports today. The full cost of the project will be about $5.8 million. The village and school district will split the roughly 25 percent of the cost not covered by the grant.
The project will include building a new drainage system with an underground storage tank beneath the school athletic fields. A new pumping station will pump water that collects in the tank and pipes into the Bronx River. It will be constructed on the campus, next to Midland Avenue.
A timetable for the project has not been set yet.
The school is the lowest point in the village after the river, Mayor Mary C. Marvin said.
“Every storm, we hold our breath near the (public) school,” she said. “This will go a long way toward mitigation.”