Rye rebuilds, implements flood mitigation projects a year after Ida devastation

Rye rebuilds, implements flood mitigation projects a year after Ida devastation
Rye rebuilds, implements flood mitigation projects a year after Ida devastation

September 02, 2022, 02:50Updated 17 months ago

By: News 12 Staff

Homes on Mendota and Wappanocca Avenue in Rye are literally on the rise, a year after the remnants of Hurricane Ida devastated the Hudson Valley.

“So we raised the house, we raised it about three to four feet,” said resident Mario Rodriguez, whose home was damaged in the storm. “It was frustrating not being able to go home.”

A year later they moved to Portchester while the house received a lift.

The stream running behind the houses is the reason they were hit hard.

“I know they put a monitor up there,” Rodriguez said.

The town of Rye implemented a new project in which they installed a monitoring system for the blind creek. Residents on the street, however, said they believed more could still be done.

“We need to do everything we can to put the city in a place where it won’t be as damaged if and when it happens again,” Rye Mayor Josh Cohn said.

The city has more solutions in the pipelines.

“The city council has identified a list of projects to be further explored. We are currently designing some projects in collaboration with other communities,” said City Manager Greg Usry.

In the meantime, Jeremy Garrett, the owner of Ironmen House Lifting, spent a lot of time in Rye after Ida.

“We are raising the buildings to where the new FEMA base elevation will actually mitigate any future flooding that will occur,” Garrett explained.

While others who were there for Ida have decided they won’t be there for another storm, city officials are hoping the projects they are planning will protect homes and residents.

. Rye rebuilds implements flood mitigation projects year Ida devastation

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