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