NEWBURGH – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced nearly $4 million in federal investments for New York from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency for thruway flood mitigation along Interstate 87 in Orange and Rockland counties. During Hurricane Irene, Echo Lake Dam released an estimated 100 million gallons of water and caused millions of dollars in property damage to the Town of Tuxedo, including flooding Interstate 87.
"My neighbors in Tuxedo were some of the hardest hit by devastating floods, and this critical investment in infrastructure is a step in the right direction that creates jobs, repairs the damage done by disasters like Irene, Lee, and Sandy, and keeps Hudson Valley families safe," said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. "We will continue to partner with local, state and federal officials to mitigate the effects of flooding from the Ramapo and secure strategic investments in the Hudson Valley’s aging infrastructure."
As of January 28, 2014 and prior to this award, FEMA had obligated more than $69.8 million to Orange County. These important federal investments restore any damaged structures or facilities to pre-storm condition and reimburse our communities for their emergency response efforts during and following Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Superstorm Sandy.
Last year, Rep. Maloney introduced the Dam Safety Act, to give communities the support they need to ensure dams have the highest safety standards possible. The bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) passed the House in October, which included Rep. Maloney’s legislation containing critical reforms to dam safety programs. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act is currently being debated in conference committee with the Senate.