For Immediate Release
March 17, 2010
Supervisor Gromack Recognizes Flood Awareness Week in
New York State
(New City, NY)
– Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack and the Town Board is
joining the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and the National
Weather Service in observing March 15-19 as Flood Awareness Week.
In 2004, when
Gromack became Supervisor, he recognized many residents had drainage problems
that needed to be addressed. Supervisor Gromack created the
Drainage Task Force, which has completed and funded 91 drainage projects
throughout the Town and 30 more are in the design or bidding phase. The
largest and most beneficial project is the Green Avenue project in Valley Cottage
and the Elks Drive
in Nanuet. In the fall of 2010, the Town of Clarkstown will start its 100th
“We made flood
mitigation a priority in the Town of Clarkstown,”
said Supervisor Gromack. “This week is important not only to highlight
the successes we have had in flood prevention but to raise awareness in the
community about flooding mitigation and prevention in the home, especially as
spring approaches,” said Supervisor Gromack.
projects the Town completed include Wells Avenue, Congers; Buena Vista Road and
Virginia Street in New City; Demarest Mill Creek Improvements (Jeffrey Court)
in West Nyack; Jerry’s Avenue; and Central Nyack Drainage Improvement and
most recent storm, Supervisor Gromack visited a number of areas throughout the
Town and was pleased with the results of the Town’s drainage projects.
“I was out in
the middle of the night with our Police Department and DEC and we saw first
hand how well our drainage projects throughout the Town worked,” said
Supervisor Gromack. “Our residents no longer have to live in fear every
time it rains.”
should keep information about flooding handy, including:
Learn the safest route from your home or
business to high, safe ground should you have to leave in a hurry.
Develop an emergency plan and identify a meeting
place if family members become separated.
Make an itemized list of all valuables including
furnishings, clothing, and other personal property.
Have emergencies supplies on hand.
Keep your automobile fueled. Have a small
kit of disaster supplies in the trunk of your car.
When driving your automobile during flood
conditions, look out for flooding at highway dips, bridges, and low areas.
For more tips
and information visit the Town’s website and click Department of Environmental
Control then Flood Fact Sheet.
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