Whitesboro took efforts to avoid flooding this past weekend

Thanks to the town of Whitestown, with the help of the state, two floodplain benches were built in the village of Whitesboro, which helped to avoid flooding this past weekend.

Posted: Aug 19, 2019 6:41 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2019 6:48 PM

WHITESBORO, N.Y. -- A flood prone area was spared in the weekend flooding.

The town of Whitestown, with the help of the state, has widened a portion of the Sauquoit Creek in Whitesboro.

This is what is known as a floodplain bench, and is created by removing soil from the edges of the creek.

Widening the creek allows more room for water during flooding events.

Construction is almost finished on 2 floodplain benches in the Sauquoit Creek.

This construction helped to avoid some areas from being flooded this past Saturday.

The Town of Whitestown Supervisor says he's very happy that their efforts proved to be successful.

"It's definitely having a positive effect and it's very very encouraging. These two floodplain benches worked as designed on Saturday, so again that gives us reason for a lot of optimism. It's important that we duplicate what we do here at Dunham Manor Park downstream, which is in the works," says Shaun Kaleta, the Town of Whitestown Supervisor.

This project is the called Phase 1 and is the first of many other planned projects.

Phase 1 is to be completed by this fall, then crews will begin working on the second project before the end of the year.

The Town of Whitestown Supervisor says the second project, Phase 2, is even more important than the first.

This is because it will help mitigate flooding in the village of Whitesboro, which is historically known to have the worst flooding damage.

Each project costs around $3.8 million, made possible by grant funding.

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