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FEMA Awards New Rochelle $1.7M Grant For Drainage Improvements

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The City of New Rochelle has received a FEMA Region II Grant of $1,736,141 to improve drainage in Halcyon Park. The city is required to match 25 percent of the grant in funds and in-kind services.

The city’s match contribution, $578,723, is expected to be approved by the New Rochelle City Council later this month, an announcement from the city said.

The Halcyon Park area has been plagued by chronic flooding, especially during moderate and heavy rain storms, city officials said.

“These improvements will provide much-needed relief from persistent flooding to more than 200 families,” Mayor Noam Bramson said in a statement. “We are grateful to FEMA for their investment, which allows us to replace aging and inadequate infrastructure at substantial savings to the city.”

The Drainage Improvement Project grant is expected to replace the storm drain system, which the city called convoluted and outdated, in the area of Brookdale and Lorenz.

Improvements include a new culvert, increased pipe capacities and new manholes and catch basins. The water and gas mains, as well as sanitary sewer pipes will be relocated and replaced. Also, new concrete curbs and sidewalks will be installed.

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