Olive’s Flood Advisory Committee
Statement of Purpose and Scope
for Local Flood Analysis
A Public Informational Meeting on Local Flood Analysis (LFA)
will be held Monday, June 26th, 7 pm at the Town Meeting Hall in Shokan.
Major floods have become more frequent, and government resources for recovery have decreased. These floods have caused significant property loss and severely disrupted community life. While a single property owner cannot take on the tasks necessary to reduce or remove flood hazards of this magnitude, the Town can. To that end, the Town Board, Olive’s Flood Advisory Committee, along with the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program, authorized this Local Flood Analysis (LFA) as the first step towards attempting to reduce damage and disruption of future floods.
The primary concerns that are driving this project are:
· Concern for the safety of Town residents and visitors
· Repeated damage to buildings and public infrastructure
· Disruption of community life during repairs and clean‐up
· Increasing cost of flood insurance (required by mortgage lenders) that becomes an economic burden on our local citizens, reducing property values and driving some businesses to close
· Continued damage to natural resources, especially stream banks and beds.
As the Committee has worked on this first step toward finding solutions to reduce or remove flood hazards, several key values have guided:
· Cost‐effective for the Town to build and to maintain
· Cost‐effective for individuals and businesses directly involved
· Maintain, as much as possible, the sense of community and the “flavor” of our business and residential areas
· Reviewed in public meetings and be accepted by the community as realistic and desirable
· Thoroughly researched and analyzed with proper engineering methods and professional expertise
· Implemented with care and economy by professionals experienced in flood hazard mitigation following permitted town‐approved plans
· Protect our natural resources, especially the streams and wildlife.
The two study areas for the Town of Olive’s LFA are in the Boiceville hamlet and the second area in the West Shokan hamlet. The Boiceville Study Area extends from the Town Boundary to approximately 2.3 river miles downstream on the Esopus Creek, which is approximately 1.2 miles downstream of the Route 28A Bridge near the Esopus‐Ashokan Reservoir confluence.
The actual LFA document can be accessed through the following links: