U.S. Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, M.D., (NY-19) sent a letter to Colonel John Boulé, Commander of the New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to discuss potential options for long-term recovery and flood prevention at Moodna Creek Watershed in Orange County, New York. Hayworth's letter to Col. Boulé is the latest action taken by the Congresswoman to further recovery efforts in New York's 19th Congressional District. Congresswoman Hayworth recently hosted a meeting with Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy to explore available options to assist with recovery at Moodna Creek and the Forge Hill Road Bridge.
In the three months since Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caused severe damage throughout the Hudson Valley, Congresswoman Hayworth has been committed to assisting state and local officials secure long-term improvements to the Moodna Creek region and help prevent future risk to life and property from flooding. She has been working with Col. Boulé and the Army Corps of Engineers, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), state and local officials, and community stakeholders to improve communication and cooperation between agencies and to move forward on this project.
As co-chair of the bipartisan House Hurricane Irene Coalition, Congresswoman Hayworth has been working with colleagues to provide both relief to those affected in addition to exploring long-term measures to prevent, mitigate and manage future flooding. The Moodna Creek Watershed is an important component of Hayworth's continued efforts.
COL John R. Boulé II, Commander
U.S. Army Corpy of Engineers, New York District
26 Federal Plaza, Room 2109
New York, New York 10278-0090
Dear Colonel Boulé:
First, thank you for your continued service in the New York District and in particular for your efforts following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Your presence at our meetings with state and local officials was very much appreciated as we work toward long-term recovery and flood prevention. This is a top priority for me and my team in District 19.
With regard to the damage at Moodna Creek, I would like to bring to your attention another program that potentially can expedite recovery. Last month I met with Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy and we discussed the options available to provide the necessary assistance at Moodna Creek. Due to the current constraints on Section 14 and Section 205 of the Continuing Authorities Program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is unable to begin a new project in the Moodna Creek Watershed.
I encouraged Ms. Darcy to consider including the Moodna Watershed in the next year's budget request, and Ms. Darcy mentioned the Planning Assistance to States program in Section 206 of the Flood Control Act of 1960. I would appreciate your clarifying whether funding pursuant to Section 206 may possibly finance studies and the initiation of essential repairs at Moodna Creek.
Thank you again, and I look forward to your response. Please feel free to contact my office at your convenience if we can be of further assistance in the meantime.
Nan Hayworth, M.D.
Member of Congress