Posts Tagged ‘LFA’

Shandaken-Allaben Local Flood Analysis Final Public Meeting Scheduled for Dec. 18

Posted on: December 13th, 2017 by Brent Gotsch

The Shan­dak­en Area Flood Assess­ment and Reme­di­a­tion Ini­tia­tive (SAFARI), a com­mit­tee work­ing under the direc­tion of the Shan­dak­en Town Board, invites every­one to attend a pub­lic meet­ing to see the results of the Shan­dak­en-Allaben Local Flood Analy­sis (LFA). Through­out the year, SAFARI, the con­sult­ing firm Milone & MacB­room and oth­er part­ner agen­cies have been inves­ti­gat­ing flood­ing issues in the ham­lets of Shan­dak­en and Allaben and will present their find­ings to the pub­lic at this meet­ing. Mit­i­ga­tion rec­om­men­da­tions will also be presented.

The meet­ing will take place on Mon­day, Decem­ber 18 at the Shan­dak­en Town Hall at 6:30pm. Atten­dees will have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to ask ques­tions and to com­ment on the plan before a final draft is pre­sent­ed to the Town Board ear­ly next year.

A copy of the report can be viewed on the Town of Shan­dak­en web­site.  To learn more about the LFA process a video from the first pub­lic meet­ing is also avail­able on the Town web­site.


Phoenicia and Mount Tremper Residents to Learn Results of Hamlet LFAs

Posted on: July 29th, 2015 by Brent Gotsch

The Town of Shan­dak­en and the Shan­dak­en Area Flood Assess­ment and Reme­di­a­tion Ini­tia­tive (SAFARI) invites Phoeni­cia and Mount Trem­per res­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate in pub­lic meet­ings to learn about the flood mit­i­ga­tion options that Milone and MacB­room, Inc. (MMI) ana­lyzed based on com­mu­ni­ty rec­om­men­da­tions, their abil­i­ty to reduce flood lev­els, and their fea­si­bil­i­ty and fund­ing potential.

Work­ing with SAFARI, MMI per­formed exten­sive analy­sis on flood­ing prob­lems in these two ham­lets and will present their find­ings on poten­tial mit­i­ga­tion solu­tions. Thanks to your input from pre­vi­ous meet­ings, MMI will share a num­ber of sce­nar­ios that could poten­tial­ly reduce flood­ing in the ham­lets and explain which ones they think are the most worth­while to pur­sue. Please come out and learn how your efforts are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in your com­mu­ni­ty and sup­port the next phase of the Local Flood Analy­sis (LFA) process.

The meet­ings are sched­uled as follows:

Phoeni­cia Meeting

Mon­day, August 10, 2015

Parish Hall

Phoeni­cia, NY



Mount Trem­per Meeting

Mon­day, August 17, 2015

Emer­son Resort and Spa, Great Room

Mount Trem­per, NY



Olive Engineering Consultant Talks Flooding and Requests Resident Assistance

Posted on: July 15th, 2015 by Brent Gotsch

On July 14, the Town of Olive Flood Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee (FAC) held a  meet­ing with town res­i­dents and Woidt Engi­neer­ing and Con­sult­ing to review ini­tial find­ings for the Local Flood Analy­sis (LFA)  in the ham­lets of Boiceville and West Shokan. George Fowler, an engi­neer with Woidt and the project lead for the LFAs, described what he and his team have dis­cov­ered. Woidt Engi­neer­ing and the Olive FAC will work togeth­er over the next few months to ana­lyze the pos­si­ble mit­i­ga­tion options for the ham­lets. Once these options are iden­ti­fied they will be run through the Ben­e­fit-Cost Analy­sis (BCA) process to deter­mine eli­gi­bil­i­ty for mul­ti­ple fund­ing sources. You can help with this process by fill­ing out a ques­tion­naire to report dam­ages to your home or busi­ness. This infor­ma­tion will used dur­ing the BCA process. The more infor­ma­tion we receive the bet­ter! It will be used to devel­op the most accu­rate results pos­si­ble. The form can be down­loaded here or picked up at the Olive Town Hall.

Not sur­pris­ing­ly, inun­da­tion of the busi­ness dis­trict in Boiceville is a major con­cern. George and his team showed how the high and tight val­ley wall forces the Eso­pus Creek to flood areas in that dis­trict dur­ing high flows. More analy­sis is need­ed but ini­tial find­ings show  there may be poten­tial to recon­nect the stream with its flood­plain just upstream of the Five Arch Bridge. Build­ing a flood­plain here may help keep water out of the busi­ness dis­trict or lessen the amount of water there. That project would like­ly require relo­cat­ing the fire depart­ment build­ing and oth­er struc­tures in order to make room for water storage.

In West Shokan, the major prob­lems are asso­ci­at­ed with debris jams and sed­i­ment buildup. One of the major con­cerns for res­i­dents and Town offi­cials is the grav­el bar just upstream of the Bushkill Bridge. The con­cern is that if the grav­el bar grows it could cause an obstruc­tion that dam­ages or destroys the Bridge, cut­ting res­i­dents off from emer­gency ser­vices. George explained that we are liv­ing with the lega­cy of his­tor­i­cal human man­age­ment of the stream, name­ly the defor­esta­tion of the land­scape that occurred in the 19th Cen­tu­ry that caused large puls­es of sed­i­ment to enter the stream cor­ri­dors, and more recent­ly dredg­ing and berming of mate­r­i­al on stream banks that cre­ates unsta­ble stream cor­ri­dors. As with Boiceville, more analy­sis is need­ed, but one idea to explore is restor­ing appro­pri­ate stream chan­nel dimen­sions to help move sed­i­ment and debris through that area with­out undue buildup.



Olive Residents: Flooding Problems?

Posted on: April 16th, 2015 by Brent Gotsch

If you are a res­i­dent of the Town of Olive and want to either view or add to flood maps you are wel­come to stop by the AWSMP office between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Mon­day through Fri­day.  Recent­ly, the Town of Olive Town Board heard a pre­sen­ta­tion from Woidt Engi­neer­ing and Con­sult­ing on the Local Flood Analy­sis (LFA) process and how it will ben­e­fit the Town. Part of the pre­sen­ta­tion focused on Woidt’s desire to learn more from Olive res­i­dents about haz­ardous flood areas. Woidt cre­at­ed a set of maps where res­i­dents can mark  loca­tions of con­cern or known flood­ing and ero­sion haz­ards. Woidt will use the infor­ma­tion to exam­ine flood­ing solu­tions.  The maps are post­ed at the AWSMP office at 3130 State Route 28 in Shokan, NY (locat­ed between Ashokan Turf and Tim­ber and the Shokan Square plaza, across from the Cit­go gas sta­tion). The maps will be avail­able for approx­i­mate­ly three more weeks before they are returned to Woidt. For more infor­ma­tion on the LFA process in Olive please vis­it our office or view the Town of Olive web­site.