Henri leaves flooding and damage in its wake

Concerns about flooding caused officials in Mamaroneck to issue an evacuation advisory for people living in low-lying areas Sunday night.

News 12 Staff

Aug 23, 2021, 10:02 AM

Updated 1,059 days ago


Torrential rain from Henri has flooded low-lying areas and damaged homes across the Hudson Valley.
In Rye, Bradford Avenue looked more like a lake than a road.  Beaver Swamp Brook overflowed its banks and water filled basements.
In Mamaroneck, officials had to issue an evacuation advisory for people living in low-lying areas Sunday night.
In a statement released around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, officials said that while the evacuation was not mandatory, they urged people in the flood prone areas near the Sheldrake River and Mamorneck River to seek higher ground. "Last night they moved people out with a front end loader so it was getting really scary. The water over here in the street was up almost to my knee," says Maureen Zaccagnino, of Mamaroneck.
At 10:50 p.m. officials posted on Facebook that "while it now appears that the worst is over, village officials, employees, and our first responders will remain on alert and will respond to calls for assistance to ensure our community remains safe. If you are in a dangerous situation and need help, please call 911. For all other non-emergency situations, you can call (914) 777-1122."
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the flooding along the Mamaroneck River and Sheldrake River has caused extensive damages and loss of life in the past. In June. 1972 and Sept. 1975, floods in the basin alone amounted to approximately $18 million and $92 million. They say "a combination of low channel capacity, small bridge openings, developmental encroachment along both rivers, urbanization, and a poor flow conveyance at the confluence of both rivers has contributed to significant and frequent flooding."

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