Bronx alliance group looking to reduce flooding, prevent overflowing during heavy storms
A Bronx alliance group wants to help reduce flooding and prevent local brooks from overflowing during heavy storms.
Pictures shown to News 12 depict the flooding remnants of Ida in Van Cortlandt Park. Ida also caused Hester and Piero Mill Pond in the park to overflow its banks. The Van Cortlandt Park Alliance is working to reduce the threat of flooding in the area during heavy storms.
They say this is happening more often and more severely in low-lying areas and nearby communities.
The alliance is pushing Daylight Tibbets Brook to create a natural stream from the pond that will allow water to bypass the city’s sewer system, in order to reduce the flooding during heavy rains.
The alliance is working with the city’s Parks Department and the Department of Environmental Protection to get the project underway.
The Department of Environmental Protection tells News 12 it's excited about the prospect of Daylighting Tibbetts Brook and that the project was added to its construction plans in 2019.
The agency says discussions are underway to acquire the necessary properties. The city still needs to acquire land, which is owned by CSX Transportation, for the project to be put in motion.