Most people are very aware that weather patterns have shifted. Utica can see days where it is 45 and the next day it can be 95. No snow or very little, and the next day a HUGE storm. Very dry periods and then a monsoon, a.k.a. July 1, 2017.
Speaking of weather, a Bosnian friend (with civil engineering background) upon hearing the downtown hospital concept, "Downtown? Not smart at all, air quality is so much better on the hilltop at St. Luke's. Downtown is bad." We agree, downtown is not the ideal site for healing and is most prone to future flooding.
June 29, 2020 - Wow! Did you hear, Nearly 15 million US properties are at risk of flooding - 70 percent more than estimated by FEMA, a new analysis reveals
"The new tool accounts for rainfall, sea level rise and flooding in smaller creeks"
"FEMA maps only account for coastal flooding and leaves out rivers and the way climate change has increased storms, which has led many to believe there is an underestimated flood risk across the nation."
Why place new hospital at lowest point?
January 21, 2020 - In anoter new report titled, New flood insurance maps drawing critical reaction in NC we learn flood mapping requires updating.
November 1, 2019 - Yesterday, the North-South Arterial flooded and was closed for the third time in two years...
The majority of traffic to their proposed downtown hospital was shown to use the Arterial, arriving from the south. This is an issue of concern. Also, the current Utica DRI aims at cutting Genesee Street down to two lanes, and Orikany Boulevard is also being narrowed!
September 7, 2019 - News report today titled, "Underground Creeks Cause Problems In Utica: Flooding Issues Under The Streets". Utica has 70 miles of creeks, and many are underground...
"Running under severals streets of the City of Utica are ancient creeks, coming down from the hills on the south side of the Mohawk Valley. While covered over by streets and structures, water still flows. And, when the streets are flooded by heavy rains, there is building pressure from rising water under the ground. Some of that water has caused problems with Utica roadways. But, city engineers are aware and have a plan in place to deal with it."
August 20, 2019 - Utica's newspaper headline reads, "Something Needs To Be Done"...
For 2nd time in as many years, @NYSDOTUtica’s $65M Arterial project was flooded, shutting down proposed #mvhsdowntown hospital site’s most critical route. Dear @NYGovCuomo / @HealthNYGov please place @CityofUtica’s only hospital onto higher ground, at St. Luke’s! pic.twitter.com/SAyrRZ7AlB— #NoHospitalDowntown (@NoHospitalDwtn) August 20, 2019
Per MVHS, and their SEQR documents, this roadway was projected to carry the Greatest Traffic Loads To And From Proposed Downtown Hospital site.
December 6, 2017 -Jim Piccola, state Department of Transportation regional spokesman, said in story title FEMA denies New York’s request for flooding assistance, "...the drainage system functioned well and the water was able to eventually dissipate, some modifications to the route might be made. That could include changes to the center median along that stretch of road, he said. “There’s absolutely a concern it could happen again,” Piccola said. “That’s why we’re going to look at what we can do with that center median barrier. Is there a way to maybe open some areas up there that can alleviate some of that pressure? But ... when you get that kind of water, it’s just too much.”
November 10, 2017 - The water needs to go somewhere, Could development lead to more North Utica flooding? Great question, and if you build in the flood plain, then the answer is "Yes!" And when they don't heed this statement, “If they’re designed properly...", we're in trouble, and when was the last time a project in Utica designed properly?
October 12, 2017 - FEMA’s Outdated and Backward-Looking Flood Maps
"FEMA’s flood mapping program is falling short in protecting people and property from flooding. According to a September 2017 report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, FEMA is unable to “provide members of the public with a reliable rendering of their true flood vulnerability or ensure that NFIP rates reflect the real risk of flooding.”
July 10, 2017 - WIBX950's Bill Keeler, per last Week's Show Notes,
July 7, 2017 - Lest we forget,
Consider: Large rains overwhelm our storm and Utica-area Sewer Pipes. Modern systems are separated, but Utica has many "combined" pipes that handle storm and sewer. Utica has many issues, the 2016 DRI sought $3M for a "Ballou Creek Sewer" project...
WATER TO WASHINGTON
• The central part of the City ’s stormwater drainage is restricted from reaching the Mohawk River by railroad infras tructure and major trunk sewers that run east-west between the City and the river.
• Approximately 370 millions gallons a year of CSO [Combined Sewage Overflows] discharges to the Mohawk River (typical year). Wet-Weather Flows have proven to generate a substantial amount of chemical, physical, and biological stress to the Mohawk.
• The Utica section of the Mohawk River is on the list of impaired water bodies in New York State (USEPA, NYS DEC).
• In order to avoid res trictions on new development, the City of Utica and surrounding communities must eliminate major sources of stormwater and relieve pressure on the system.
PLANNED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS:
Mitigation of combined sewer overflows to facilitate new development in Downtown Utica; critical to MVHS medical campus construction, continued investments in the Bagg’s Square mixed-use neighborhood, and revitalization of the Varick Street Brewery District. The project complements and enhances green infrastructure initiatives on Genesee Street and proposed on Burchard Lane.
• A new 24-inch storm sewer on Water Street is currently connected to the combined Railroad Interceptor; the project proposes to connect this new section to the existing Washington Street 36-inch storm sewer at Harbor Point.
• A boring under the railroad tracks would be required to make a connection to the new storm sewer. An estimated 900 LF of new piping is proposed, in accordance with railroad standards and include a steal casing jacked/bored under the tracks.
• According to the Long Term Control Plan, this project will reduce CSO overflows to the Mohawk River by 6MG during a typical rainfall year.
Engineering & Soft Costs $ 300,000 Site Work $ 200,000 Construction $ 2,500,000 Total $ 3,000,000 DRI Funding: $900,000 Total Project Cost: $3,000,000
July 1, 2017 One day after a new roadway opens on western edge of proposed hospital site, severe flash flooding hit the city of Utica today, Cars submerged in flash floods in Utica; major roads impassable"
Happening in Utica NOW from NWS: "SOME CARS SUBMERGED. PART OF ROUTE 12 COLLAPSED. POSSIBLY DUE TO SINKHOLE" a serious flooding situation.— Mike Brookins (@MikeBrookins) July 1, 2017
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