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For Immediate Release

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 drainage project.    


“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.  


Some other 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 Detention Pond.


During the 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.”


Residents 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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