WHITESTOWN, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) — Construction will soon start on a $3.9 million dollar flood mitigation project here in the Mohawk Valley. Local officials gathered at the Whitestown Community Center this morning to announce what they hope will help protect businesses and residents from future floods.
New York State alongside the Town of Whitestown will construct new floodplain benches and install additional culverts to mitigate future Sauquoit Creek flood risk. This area in Oneida County has experienced five severe and recurring floods but most recently the 2019 Halloween Flood. Emergency services had to conduct multiple rescues and nearly 200 properties sustained damages. Officials hope this project will reduce flood water elevations and increase water flow from the Sauquoit Creek to the Mohawk River. The project is being administered by the Town of Whitestown with funding support from the Departments of Transportation, Environmental Conservation, Environmental Facilities Corporation and the Dormitory Authority of New York State.
“This project shows that when we all work together and take a comprehensive approach to problem solving, even challenges as daunting as climate change and extreme weather can be addressed. As we work to build more resilient infrastructure, this example of state and local collaboration directly helps residents in the face of future severe events like the Halloween Storm of 2019 and is another example of New York State’s commitment to being a national leader in mitigating the harmful impacts of climate change.” – Marie Therese Dominguez, State Department of Transportation Commissioner
“The start of Project 2 of the Sauquoit Creek Channel & Floodplain Restoration Program is another important milestone in overall efforts and the culmination of state, county and local governments working together for a common cause. Despite the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, flood mitigation in the Town of Whitestown has remained a major priority and the Sauquoit Creek Channel & Floodplain Restoration Program has been able to proceed with little interruption. I am extremely thankful for the continued support from the New York State Department of Transportation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, Dormitory Authority of New York State, United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oneida County, Village of Whitesboro, Sauquoit Creek Basin Intermunicipal Commission and Ramboll, Whitestown’s engineering consultant. We still have a lot of work to do, but the start of every project is one step closer to doing everything we can to become more resilient to severe weather events, reduce flooding and minimize future loss.” – Shaun Kaleta, Town of Whitestown Supervisor