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As Heavy Flooding Hits Hudson Valley, Maloney and Neuhaus Announce $13.7 Million to Strengthen Bridge Over Wallkill River

Aug 22, 2014
Press Release
Urges Approval of Key Port Jervis Infrastructure Projects to Prevent Flooding

Newburgh, NY –  After heavy flooding hit the Hudson Valley, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus announced a $13.7 federal investment to strengthen the Route 211 bridge over the Wallkill River in Montgomery. This investment through the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will invest in the Route 211 bridge to protect families, businesses and communities who have experienced devastating flooding from the Wallkill River.

"My neighbors along the Wallkill River have been the hardest hit by recent storms and this investment in our local infrastructure will not only keep our families, communities and small businesses safe during a storm, but it will create jobs and grow our economy," said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. "In Port Jervis, our neighbors have been hit by some of the worst flooding in years, which is why it is so urgent that we work together to prepare our communities for the next storm or disaster."

“Flood mitigation is especially important near critical infrastructure. This bridge is a main artery for Orange County and a key part of our federal, state, and county efforts to reduce the effects of severe flooding. I’d like to thank Rep. Maloney for his work to secure this FEMA funding and for providing the resources necessary to keep more Orange County residents safe in the event of a natural disaster,” said County Executive Steve Neuhaus.

“This project has been a long time coming and I’m glad that the issue is finally being address, which will not only solve the problem of flood mitigation but will grow our local economy," said Senator Bill Larkin. 

"It's great that there is finally funding to speed along the process of replacing and repairing this bridge," said Montgomery Town Supervisor Michael Hayes. 

Working with 48 communities and local stakeholders in all four counties, Rep. Maloney has identified 123 critical flood mitigation projects that will prepare and protect our region against future storm damage including Port Jervis. Specifically, he's fighting for $10 million in hazard mitigation projects for Port Jervis to mitigate along the Delaware River. More than $157 million in FEMA assistance has been brought to our Hudson Valley homeowners, business and communities to help them recover and rebuild from Sandy, Irene and Lee.