Margaretville $1.8M flood mitigation project complete

Bull Run channel restoration will improve drainage, reduce flooding

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MARGARETVILLE - The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) announced the completion of a $1.8 million project to address flood damage to the Bull Run channel and stream bank in Margaretville. The improvements included the repairing and replacing of the channel’s retaining wall, as well as regrading and stabilizing the stream bank, which will reduce flood risk and enhance its resiliency and tolerance of future flooding.  

During Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, the Bull Run channel flooded, rendering it impassable. Sediment dredged up by the storm blocked the stream. As a result, homes and businesses throughout Margaretville were damaged by the ensuing floods.  

In addition to replacing portions of the channel’s retaining wall and stabilizing the stream bank, the project also included the installation of stone fill and the removal debris from the channel. 

The upgrades to the channel and stream bank improve drainage and allow water to flow more freely. The channel’s repaired retaining wall and restored stream bank are now better able to withstand flooding future emergencies and can better protect the community from flooding.  

Delaware County Board of Supervisors Chairperson Tina Molè said the project exemplifies the type of project that can provide resiliency while enhancing the community. It also provides for safety and beauty of the region, she said. “We are genuinely pleased with the outcome and support the installation of similar projects in other communities to protect the lives, homes, and businesses that make up our great county,” Mole’ said.

Former Margaretville Mayor Diana Cope, who held office for much of the project construction said Margaretville is proud to have worked with the governor’s office to implement and complete a necessary and cost-prohibitive project. “It will not only enhance the protection of property, but also provide a sense of security to those who live with the fear of losing their property due to flooding.”

Established in June 2013, GOSR coordinates statewide recovery efforts for Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. Through its NY Rising Housing Recovery, Small Business, Community Reconstruction, Infrastructure, and Rebuild by Design programs, GOSR invests $4.5 billion in federal Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funding to better prepare New York for extreme weather events. More information about GOSR and its programs is available at stormrecovery.ny.gov.  

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