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Greenburgh Police Vie for Funds to Ease Flooding

The spring season brought lots of rain, causing floods throughout the town. The Greenburgh Police Department is looking for ways to fix the difficult conditions produced the flooding.

After a rain storm, Route 9A in Elmsford often becomes a lonely street as drivers are forced to take alternate routes because of floods from Old Country Road to White Plains Avenue.

The Greenburgh Police Department is currently assembling a "hazardous mitigation plan" to receive funding from the federal government. The funding will go towards putting levies in areas where high water collects. The police are gathering statistics on where the worst flooring occurs and how many complaints there have been. A consultant has been hired to help assemble the information.

"We have to have this plan in place before the federal government will give us funding to fix this," said Greenburgh Police Chief Joseph DeCarlo. "We hope to have it done by the end of the summer. We are trying to help relieve the stress."

Main Street, Central Avenue and Route 9A are usually the three toughest roads to drive on during and after a thunderstorm.

However, Greenburgh is in competition with other towns that also suffer from flooding, including the area affected by the Mississippi River floods.

"Is it worse here than it is there?" DeCarlo said. "No, it's not. But we're still trying [to get the money to fix the problems here]."

The levees would allow traffic, including the county Bee-line buses, to pass through 9A without being forced to take a different route, which is usually the elevated Knollwood Road.

The police department is working in conjunction with Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins , who have visited the flooded areas.

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