Village of Mohawk holds public meeting regarding flood mitigation

The Village Board is hoping for a federal grant from the Green Innovation Program, and the Climate Smart Communities program grant from New York State.

Posted: Feb 27, 2020 2:58 AM
Updated: Feb 27, 2020 9:34 AM

MOHAWK N.Y.- The Village of Mohawk held a public meeting Wednesday night to discuss a mitigation project for Minnowbrook Creek in the Village.

A little over a dozen people attended the meeting at The Mohawk Village Hall.

The Village is looking to reduce the severity of flooding from Minnowbrook Creek. When the creek is hit with major flooding, water backs up around the culverts and flows down the streets.

The Village Board is hoping for a federal grant from the Green Innovation Program, and the Climate Smart Communities program grant from New York State.

Around 20 Homes on Fulmer and Marmet Streets are affected by the creek, which flows from East to West and runs between the two streets into Fulmer Creek.

Marybeth Napolitano, a Mohawk Resident who recently moved into the Village tells NEWSChannel 2; “The creek bed and the creek bank is collapsing. It’s right at my property line.” said Napolitano. “We need to make sure that it’s stabilized because what could happen is there could be some flooding. Right now, everything in my basement, I have bricks to keep them up just in case.”

Michele Palmer, a Landscape Architect and the Coordinator of the Project says “the work would do several things”. “We would look at the channel and how much water is flowing through it now, and how much is anticipated in a flood condition.” said Palmer. “And then size the channel to appropriately carry the amount of water if it’s possible. That’s one of the things that needs to be looked at. If the channel is wide enough, deep enough, and stable enough, it should solve the flooding problems.” Palmer added.

At this time, no word on how much the project will cost.

The Village will be following up with Residents to see if they are willing to participate.

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