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Ossining Hopes for Federal Flood-Control Grants

OSSINING, N.Y. – The village is taking steps to be ready for the next time a storm hits Ossining, Mayor William Hanauer said.

The village of Ossining Board of Trustees discussed approving  a letter of intent to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency grants. Hanauer said the village is looking to improve two areas – one along Sparta Brook near Rockledge Avenue and Revolutionary Road, and at Kill Brook.

“It is sometimes a major story in Ossining when we have a major storm event or a lot of flooding,” Hanauer said Wednesday. “There are a lot of things we want to do, that need to be done, to improve those areas so we don’t see that major flooding like we did with (Hurricane) Irene last year.”

Hanauer said he would especially like to see improvements at Kill Brook.

“Anytime there is a major storm event we have crews there cleaning out the area, but there are too many places where flooding is easily possible,” he said. “There is certainly a need for these grants, and I think we’re going to do whatever we can to get them.”

Assistant Village Manager Christina Papes said during the meeting that the grants require a local match of 25 percent and that the village would need to file a letter of intent by March 23. The Board of Trustees agreed to put the item on the agenda for its next regular meeting on March 20.

“We don’t know (the dollar amount) yet because they haven’t told us what we could apply for,” Papes told the board Tuesday night. “They just said we were eligible. We’ll take as much as they can give us.”

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