Local Flood Analysis for Boiceville, West Shokan Underway

Posted on: March 24th, 2015 by Leslie_Zucker

The Town of Olive will launch a Local Flood Analy­sis on April 14 at the reg­u­lar­ly sched­uled Town Board meet­ing. The flood analy­sis iden­ti­fies and com­pares actions that reduce flood dam­ages in the ham­lets of Boiceville and West Shokan. The engi­neer­ing analy­sis will gen­er­ate infor­ma­tion to guide Town Board deci­sion mak­ing about which projects move for­ward to imple­men­ta­tion. The Town select­ed con­sult­ing firm Woidt Engi­neer­ing and its sub­con­trac­tor Atkins Glob­al to car­ry out com­put­er mod­el­ing, plan­ning, and pub­lic out­reach for the project. Boiceville is sit­u­ated on Route 28 along the Eso­pus Creek. West Shokan is locat­ed near the con­flu­ence of the Bushkill with the Ashokan Reser­voir. Solu­tions to be eval­u­at­ed may include stream and flood­plain restora­tion, redesign of bridge infra­struc­ture, flood proof­ing build­ings and oth­er ideas for reduc­ing flood extent and ele­va­tion in the ham­lets. The Town received a grant from AWSMP to cov­er full project costs. The first pub­lic meet­ing to gath­er input on flood issues and solu­tions will be sched­uled soon. Town Super­vi­sor Sylvia Rozzelle has invit­ed res­i­dents to be noti­fied of flood meet­ings.