GOSR and Town of Hempstead Unveil $3.7 Million Project to Protect South Valley Stream from Storm Surge and Flooding
On Friday, March 9, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery joined the Town of Hempstead to unveil a $3.7 million construction project to institute flood prevention and resiliency measures in South Valley Stream. Aiming to combat the effects of storm surge and tidal flooding while improving the local environment, the comprehensive project will install new vinyl bulkheads in Brook Road Park, introduce elevated berms along Hook Creek, and create tidal wetlands and a pedestrian boardwalk. The comprehensive project was developed through the State’s innovative NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program.
GOSR’s Deputy Director for the NYRCR Program on Long Island and the Rebuild By Design (RBD) Living with the Bay Project — Laura Munafo — was on hand alongside Town of Supervisor, Laura Gillen, to make the announcement, which took place in Brook Road Park. Councilmember Bruce Blakeman and Senator Todd Kaminsky were also in attendance.
The series of resiliency upgrades will not only safeguard thousands of nearby homes, but will also protect the families and individuals who reside in them.
“This important project serves as a testament to the value of grassroots planning and implementation—as well as to the significance of partnerships at all levels of government,” said Deputy Director Munafo. “We are proud to stand with the Town of Hempstead and celebrate these resiliency improvements that were designed by New Yorkers, to protect New Yorkers.”
Recognizing that local residents and business owners know their communities best, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo created the NYRCR Program process to elicit community concerns and goals and ensure that they informed and shaped local reconstruction projects and resiliency recommendations. To date, a total of 650 New Yorkers have represented their communities by serving on 66 committees across the State. The program has held 650 planning meetings and 250 large-scale public engagement events, and is now working to implement the proposals that were born from this pioneering planning process. These projects include upgrades to bridges and roads; enhancements to police and fire stations, as well as other critical facilities; the installation of sewer outflows and backflow valves, and more.
Read the press release here: https://toh.li/news/1897-governor-s-office-of-storm-recovery-and-town-of-hempstead-supervisor-gillen-unveil-new-design-plans-to-protect-thousands-of-homes-from-storm-surge-and-flooding