Whitesboro floodplain restoration project leaves residents hopeful

The project started at Dunham Manor Park and this is just phase one of several phases.

Posted: Apr 19, 2019 9:44 AM

WHITESBORO, N.Y. -- Residents in Whitesboro are used to dealing with flooding, but there is hope for the future.

The town of Whitestown has already started construction on the Sauquoit Creek channel and floodplain restoration project.

The project started at Dunham Manor Park and this is just phase one of several phases.

Whitestown Town Supervisor Shaun Kaleta says “phase one, the big component, the main component of it is the construction of two flood plain benches."

A flood plain bench is a natural area that stores flood waters in the event of a flood, and residents say flooding in that area is something they know all too well.

“We've had flooding behind us, our yard has been flooded several times,” said Bob Stone, a Whitesboro resident.

"For decades, we've seen the flooding along the lower Sauquoit Creek get worse and worse and there’s never really been a proactive, long term solution or answer until now," Kaleta said.

The floodplain benches will feature three main components, reducing and slowing down flood waters. Removing invasive species and replanting plant communities appropriate to the site and habitat restoration. In this project, the goal is to build at least 12 floodplain benches, along a mile-long corridor of the lower Sauquoit Creek adjacent to commercial drive in Whitestown.

"The more benches we can do, the more flood reduction there’s going to be and at the end of the day, if we can get 12 floodplain benches constructed, we're looking at a 3 to 5 foot reduction in flood stage,” he said.

The next step for phase one is to design a replanting plan.

“One of the concerns was always of course how they're going to replant. It’s a shock to see what it looks like right now but the replanting of the creek, that will be fine,” said Walt Listas, from Whitesboro.

The town supervisor says this phase should be completed by fall, and they've already started working on phase two.

“We're actively working on phase two, which involves the construction of a third flood plain bench in the village of Whitesboro adjacent to the CSX railroad tracks,” said Kaleta.
Residents in Whitesboro are used to dealing with flooding, but there is hope for them.

The town of Whitestown has already started construction on the Sauquoit Creek channel and floodplain restoration project.

The project started at Dunham Manor Park and this is just phase one of several phases.

Whitestown Town Supervisor Shaun Kaleta says “phase one, the big component, the main component of it is the construction of two flood plain benches."

A flood plain bench is a natural area that stores flood waters in the event of a flood, and residents say flooding in that area is something they know all too well.

“We've had flooding behind us, our yard has been flooded several times,” said Bob Stone, a Whitesboro resident.

"For decades, we've seen the flooding along the lower Sauquoit Creek get worse and worse and there’s never really been a proactive, long term solution or answer until now," Kaleta said.

The floodplain benches will feature three main components, reducing and slowing down flood waters. Removing invasive species and replanting plant communities appropriate to the site and habitat restoration. In this project, the goal is to build at least 12 floodplain benches, along a mile-long corridor of the lower Sauquoit Creek adjacent to commercial drive in Whitestown.

"The more benches we can do, the more flood reduction there’s going to be and at the end of the day, if we can get 12 floodplain benches constructed, we're looking at a 3 to 5 foot reduction in flood stage,” he said.

The next step for phase one is to design a replanting plan.

“One of the concerns was always of course how they're going to replant. It’s a shock to see what it looks like right now but the replanting of the creek, that will be fine,” said Walt Listas, from Whitesboro.

The town supervisor says this phase should be completed by fall, and they've already started working on phase two.

“We're actively working on phase two, which involves the construction of a third flood plain bench in the village of Whitesboro adjacent to the CSX railroad tracks,” said Kaleta.
Residents in Whitesboro are used to dealing with flooding, but there is hope for them.

The town of Whitestown has already started construction on the Sauquoit Creek channel and floodplain restoration project.

The project started at Dunham Manor Park and this is just phase one of several phases.

Whitestown Town Supervisor Shaun Kaleta says “phase one, the big component, the main component of it is the construction of two flood plain benches."

A flood plain bench is a natural area that stores flood waters in the event of a flood, and residents say flooding in that area is something they know all too well.

“We've had flooding behind us, our yard has been flooded several times,” said Bob Stone, a Whitesboro resident.

"For decades, we've seen the flooding along the lower Sauquoit Creek get worse and worse and there’s never really been a proactive, long term solution or answer until now," Kaleta said.

The floodplain benches will feature three main components, reducing and slowing down flood waters. Removing invasive species and replanting plant communities appropriate to the site and habitat restoration. In this project, the goal is to build at least 12 floodplain benches, along a mile-long corridor of the lower Sauquoit Creek adjacent to commercial drive in Whitestown.

"The more benches we can do, the more flood reduction there’s going to be and at the end of the day, if we can get 12 floodplain benches constructed, we're looking at a 3 to 5 foot reduction in flood stage,” he said.

The next step for phase one is to design a replanting plan.

“One of the concerns was always of course how they're going to replant. It’s a shock to see what it looks like right now but the replanting of the creek, that will be fine,” said Walt Listas, from Whitesboro.

The town supervisor says this phase should be completed by fall, and they've already started working on phase two.

“We're actively working on phase two, which involves the construction of a third flood plain bench in the village of Whitesboro adjacent to the CSX railroad tracks,” said Kaleta.

Residents in Whitesboro are used to dealing with flooding, but there is hope for them.

The town of Whitestown has already started construction on the Sauquoit Creek channel and floodplain restoration project.

The project started at Dunham Manor Park and this is just phase one of several phases.

Whitestown Town Supervisor Shaun Kaleta says “phase one, the big component, the main component of it is the construction of two flood plain benches."

A flood plain bench is a natural area that stores flood waters in the event of a flood, and residents say flooding in that area is something they know all too well.

“We've had flooding behind us, our yard has been flooded several times,” said Bob Stone, a Whitesboro resident.

"For decades, we've seen the flooding along the lower Sauquoit Creek get worse and worse and there’s never really been a proactive, long term solution or answer until now," Kaleta said.

The floodplain benches will feature three main components, reducing and slowing down flood waters. Removing invasive species and replanting plant communities appropriate to the site and habitat restoration. In this project, the goal is to build at least 12 floodplain benches, along a mile-long corridor of the lower Sauquoit Creek adjacent to commercial drive in Whitestown.

"The more benches we can do, the more flood reduction there’s going to be and at the end of the day, if we can get 12 floodplain benches constructed, we're looking at a 3 to 5 foot reduction in flood stage,” he said.

The next step for phase one is to design a replanting plan.

“One of the concerns was always of course how they're going to replant. It’s a shock to see what it looks like right now but the replanting of the creek, that will be fine,” said Walt Listas, from Whitesboro.

The town supervisor says this phase should be completed by fall, and they've already started working on phase two.

“We're actively working on phase two, which involves the construction of a third flood plain bench in the village of Whitesboro adjacent to the CSX railroad tracks,” said Kaleta.

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