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Tuckahoe: One Year After Hurricane Irene

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – One year after Hurricane Irene caused massive flooding in Tuckahoe, the village has recovered, and learned from the experience, village officials say.

Sitting at one of the lowest elevations in the county, alongside the Bronx River, Tuckahoe sustained massive damage from the epic storm that has yet to be forgotten. One year later, the village has worked back to a state of normalcy — although Yonkers Avenue and Garrett Street, among the areas most affected by the hurricane, still suffer from flooding issues.

“It hit us pretty hard; we’re at the base of the Bronx River,” said Superintendent of Public Works Frank DiMarco. “Residents got flooded — it was a big problem then. We’re still working to mitigate the issue.”

DiMarco said the village is working with county engineers on a plan that can help abet the recurring issue of flooding on Garrett Street. During heavy storms, flooding occurs in the lowest areas in the village, and the north side of town suffers the most.

“The storm has taught us a lot, and we’re working to move forward. It pointed out some issues that can be addressed,” DiMarco said. “Nothing could have been done at the time, but we’re finding ways to mitigate issues. This won’t happen during the next storm.”

While some residents dealt with the flooding, others had to deal with downed trees and lost power. Tuckahoe was struck with heavy damage from fallen trees, but the county worked with the village to get the situation handled as quickly as possible during a difficult circumstance, DiMarco said.

“Since [the storm], we’ve been working better with county and local municipalities,” he said. “The Emergency Services of Westchester County have put together a great system, and we have total confidence in them. They knew what every municipality was doing and where the most help was needed. Everyone really just worked great as a team.”

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