Featured Project: Floodplain Management

Flooding in Phoenicia

Flood­ing in Phoeni­cia, NY dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Irene, August, 2011


In 2010, fol­low­ing sev­eral major flood events, the Town of Shan­daken devel­oped the Shan­daken Area Flood Assess­ment and Reme­di­a­tion Ini­tia­tive (SAFARI) to help plan for ways to mit­i­gate future flood events in the Town. To assist with this goal, the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram grant­ed the Town of Shan­daken $102,500 to hire con­sul­tants to devel­op a long-term mit­i­ga­tion strat­egy for the town with an empha­sis on Phoeni­cia. The con­sul­tants are assist­ing the town with apply­ing to the FEMA Com­mu­nity Rat­ing Sys­tem (CRS) pro­gram. The CRS is a pro­gram that allows munic­i­pal­i­ties to per­form ser­vices and tasks that can low­er the rate their res­i­dents pay on flood insur­ance premiums.

In July of 2013, the final Town of Shan­dak­en Flood Mit­i­ga­tion Plan was com­plet­ed. Short­ly after­ward, New York State launched its New York Ris­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Recon­struc­tion Pro­gram. This opened up a new fund­ing stream for flood haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion projects in the Ashokan water­shed. In addi­tion, NYC DEP’s Local Flood Analy­sis (LFA) Pro­gram is gear­ing up to launch. This pro­gram will pro­vide fund­ing for water­shed towns to per­form flood mit­i­ga­tion projects in ham­let pop­u­la­tion cen­ters. The projects must first under­go an engi­neer­ing and ben­e­fit-cost analy­sis. The results will help com­mu­ni­ties to deter­mine fea­si­bil­i­ty and poten­tial effec­tive­ness of the projects. AWSMP will con­tin­ue to work with water­shed towns and oth­er part­ner agen­cies to plan and imple­ment flood haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion measures.

Town of Shandaken Flood Mitigation Plan:

Cov­er and Contents
Sec­tion 1 and 2
Sec­tion 3
Sec­tion 4
Sec­tion 5
Sec­tion 6
Sec­tion 7
Appen­dix A — Acronyms and Definitions
Appen­dix B — CRS Plan­ning Requirements
Appen­dix C Part I — Pub­lic Survey
Appen­dix C Part IIa — Pub­lic Presentation
Appen­dix C Part IIb — Pub­lic Presentations
Appen­dix C Part IIc  — Pub­lic Presentations
Appen­dix C Part IId — Pub­lic Presentations
Appen­dix C Part IIe — Pub­lic Presentations
Appen­dix C Part III — Meet­ing Records
Appen­dix D — Exam­ple Progress Report