YONKERS—U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for new flood control measures along a stretch of the Sprain River where homeowners have been severely inundated during major storms.
Schumer will join residents outside their flood-prone Millard Avenue homes at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to call on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to investigate the causes of this flooding and come up with lasting solutions.
Upwards of 75 properties in this eastern Yonkers neighborhood near the Bronxville border have faced “frequent and increasing” flooding over the past decade, Schumer said.
Causes include debris from Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene that has elevated flood levels as well as a state-owned Sprain Brook Parkway barrier that diverts more waters toward the homes.
Schumer said he wants the state Department of Transportation to work with the Army Corps. on debris removal and other longer-term fixes.
Less than a mile downriver, the Kimball Brooklands cooperative residence at 1000 Palmer Road is seeking to build a 4-foot extension atop its existing flood wall at the western edge of its property, where storms in 2007 and 2011 has destroyed numerous garden apartments and displaced residents for months.
However, neighbors in the Cedar Knolls and Longvale communities to the north worry such a barrier will divert more water their way. They want a broader solution that addresses flooding throughout the area.