Gov. Andrew Cuomo is advancing six projects to the Federal Emergency Management Agency that are designed to reduce the risk of loss and damage in future disasters, including $3.46 million to repair the Klein Avenue Levee in Clarkstown.
The six “resiliency” projects worth a total of $41.2 million have progressed to the final stage of federal review and approval by FEMA. The state has received more than 1,000 applications for initiatives under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, whose goal is to build stronger, more sustainable communities in the wake of recent natural disasters. Federal funds provide 75 percent reimbursement of eligible project costs.
The Klein Avenue Levee was built around 1975 and was designed to handle rainfall events. However, increases in rainfall and storm severity have increased the flood elevation of the Hackensack River, reducing the levee’s effectiveness in protecting the adjacent residential neighborhood, local businesses and public infrastructure from flooding. The levee was overtopped during storms in 2007, 2010 and 2011.
The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program money will be used to raise and extend the Klein Avenue Levee to prevent overtopping and contain the flood flows of the Hackensack River to the river channel and overbank areas, according to the state.
These are the other projects:
— $23.6 million to the State University of New York at Albany to create a state-of-the-art weather detection system.
— $9 million to Troy to rebuild a protective bulkhead wall that protects the city from the Hudson River’s flooding, erosive and tide effects.
— $1.5 million to Amsterdam, Montgomery County, to demolish and remove damaged retaining walls on Dove Creek and replace with stackable concrete retaining walls, and clean out the creek bed.
— $534,000 to Suffolk County to improve natural protection against flooding and storm surge damage for the residential area of Shirley through a marsh management project in Smith Point County Park.
— $3.1 million to Cobleskill, Schoharie County, to protect the water supply and reduce flooding in the Cobleskill Water System, which includes three water surface reservoirs, by making improvements to the water-treatment plant and Dow Reservoir, dredging and making repairs to Cobleskill’s dam spillway.