Water, water everywhere: Pelham streets flood during Monday storms

The Bronx River Parkway was closed due to flooding at about 3:45 p.m. on Monday as thunderstorms deluged Westchester County. Many streets around Pelham were taped off because accumulating water made travel difficult and dangerous.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning at 4 p.m.

Fittingly, the Village of Pelham Manor government announced in a press release Thursday it allocated approximately $1 million “for upcoming stormwater infrastructure improvements.”

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Village of Pelham Board of Trustees voted to issue $1.1 million in bond anticipation notes for work related to the village’s sanitary sewers and storm drains, according to a press release. The bulk of the budget, $750,000 worth, will go to upgrading the sanitary sewage system.

The press release said “engineers have indicated that multiple sections of our 80-year-old system are experiencing inflow and infiltration, an issue caused by rainwater entering the system through illegal connections, loose joints and cracked pipes. This issue can potentially cause sewage backups for some residents during severe-storm events.”

The remaining $350,000 will be used to finance a village-wide flood mitigation study.

The improvements to reduce flooding in both villages follow complaints from residents to the Village of Pelham Manor board on June 13 and to the Village of Pelham board during its meeting June 14 after a June 2 storm.