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May 3, 2014

Gibson: DEP canhelp prevent floods

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, is calling on the New York City agency that controls an upstate network of reservoirs to create a new management plan aimed at protecting local residents from potential flooding.

“I have received numerous communications from my constituents regarding their apprehension and fear over the fact that the reservoir levels are near capacity, which significantly reduces the reservoir’s ability to help attenuate flooding if a major weather event were to unexpectedly impact the region,” Gibson said in a letter this week to the city’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Gibson, who serves as state co-chairman of the Delaware River Basin Congressional Task Force, said that DEP reservoir levels are too high at times, increasing the threat of floods during storms such as Hurricane Irene in 2011.

The congressman said he also wants the city agency to consider flood mitigation a factor when making operational decisions for the reservoirs.

The watershed supplies drinking water to some 9 million New York City residents.