Halcyon Park in New Rochelle has been plagued by chronic flooding during storms with heavy rainfall. Today, FEMA announced a grant of $1.7 million to replace the outdated and overmatched drainage system in the neighborhood. Enhancements include a new culvert, increased pipe capacities, and new manholes and catch basins. Existing water and gas mains will be relocated and sanitary sewer pipes will be relocated and replaced. New concrete curbs and sidewalks will be installed.

The grant will be administered by the New York State Office of Emergency Management, and will include a contribution of funds and services from New Rochelle, to be voted on by City Council later this month. It’s a good example of partnership with multiple levels of government to make much-needed improvements to infrastructure with long-term value for residents and cost savings for the City.