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Manor flooding update: State to study Hutchinson River; school district creates access to sewer system under Glover Field

A CCTV image of a sanitary sewer conduit running through a Pelham Manor storm drainage pipe under Glover Field. The partial obstruction causes the Wolfs Lane area to flood during big storms, said engineers.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will begin a flood recovery and resiliency study of the Hutchinson River watershed through the Resilient NY program after “the Hutch was moved up on the timeline to receive attention” due to flooding the river causes in Westchester communities, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the Village of Pelham Manor.

The village said it will relay additional information on the study when it becomes available, which likely will be in the fall.

The village learned of the study during a meeting with the DEC, the Village of Pelham and the Pelham school district scheduled to discuss the Hutch, one of several held by Pelham Manor officials as they continue to pursue solutions to flooding that occurs when storms overwhelm the village’s 100-year-old rainwater sewer system.

An engineering study released in June said the Village of Pelham Manor’s system needs at least $7.9 million worth of work to reduce flooding that has plagued three areas of the municipality for years.

In July, the village board voted to apply for grants under the state’s Climate Smart Communities program to help fund two major projects costing $2.2 million that were recommended in that report, which was written by AI Engineers/Dolph Rotfeld Engineering Division.

In Wednesday’s release, Pelham Manor reported the Pelham Union Free School District has made it possible to remove a section of the turf on Glover Field to provide access to the stormwater system. The engineering report revealed a sanitary sewer main passes directly through the Manor’s stormwater manhole under Glover, causing rainwater to back up into the Wolfs Lane area during storms.

Another meeting was planned for Friday involving Village Manager Lindsey Luft, Pelham Bay Parks officials, the New York State Thruway Authority and representatives from State Sen. Nathalia Fernandez’s office to review problems in Pelham Bay Park downstream from Pelham Manor’s stormwater system, said the release.

(Specifically, the engineering report said an open channel in the New York City park needed to be dredged and culverts under a bridal path that are pitched back towards the waterflow must be replaced. One of the projects in the Climate Smart grant application will be the $1 million replacement of the sewer line near Monroe Avenue and Hunter Avenue in Pelham Manor. That cannot happen unless the problems in the park are addressed, the village wins the grant and budgets its share of the project.)

“We are hopeful to hear a planned approach for preparing the area to receive any upstream capacity improvements that may be carried out in the future,” the release said.

The mayor and the village board have yet to publicly discuss how much the village would be willing to allocate to any of the recommended projects.

“Pelham Manor leadership is committed to mitigation efforts that are implementation ready,” said the release. “We continuously strive to provide a systematic approach to ensure resources are responsibly utilized. Navigating stormwater management takes a multifaceted approach and we are proud to share the ways in which we continue to provide high-quality services to our residents.”

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