Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ramapo River Littered with Storm Debris

By Amanda Daley

Months after Hurricane Irene lashed the East Coast last August, the Ramapo River still is suffering from the storm. In December, the Town of Ramapo requested aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with the clean up of piles of broken trees and other debris. FEMA and the Rockland County Drainage Agency went out and looked at the damage and decided that it qualified for aid, according to lohud.com.

While Hurricane Irene was in full force a dam broke in Arden, which sent gallons of water down stream, closing the New York Thruway, and further flooding the Ramapo River, Geoff Welch, the Ramapo Watershed Keeper, said in a talk at Ramapo College last week In the midst of the flooding there was a pedestrian bridge that was damaged and has been closed until further notice. The bridge is located in Arden and is high up on the list for repairs. This clean up will not only clean up the debris from the storm, but also help prevent any future flooding, according to the county drainage agency.

Currently there are 48 sites in Rockland County that still require clean up along the Ramapo River. The estimated cost for clean up is around $78,000. Around $58,000 of that will be reimbursed by FEMA. Danny Clapp Landscaping said that clean up would take about two weeks.  

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