Donovan Convenes Federal, City Agencies to Inspect Flood Vulnerabilities Along Belt Parkway
Washington, DC—September 22, 2015....Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11), together with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Brooklyn Community Boards 10 and 11, today inspected the Shore Road Promenade to identify opportunities for resiliency investments to protect the Belt Parkway during floods. Donovan and the Army Corps were joined by Senator Marty Golden, Council Member Vincent Gentile, and representatives from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, NYC Parks Department, and NYC Department of Environmental Protection.
Congressman Donovan said, “The Belt Parkway services thousands of commuters every day, and could be the evacuation route for hundreds of thousands during a major storm. I’m encouraged that the Army Corps and the City sent their experts this morning to begin analyzing potential solutions. I will continue monitoring their progress – the community and drivers deserve a safe and secure parkway.”
The 2007 Water Resources Development Act authorized the Army Corps to study the area adjacent to the Belt Parkway for a flood control project. In 2015, the Army Corps released a comprehensive study of the North Atlantic region, which identified the New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries area as high-risk and requiring further analysis. A potential solution to reduce risk to the Belt Parkway involves elevating the promenade to a more flood-resistant height. The site visit conducted today represents the first step in the analysis process.