Tropical Storm Irene left behind trees, branches and debris in the Ramapo River in Hillburn. This morning, a local contractor begins clearing out the material that remains from the August storm. Town of Ramapo officials worried a blockage could occur during a heavy rainstorm and even threaten the stability of a nearby pedestrian bridge.
The Rockland County Drainage Agency (RCDA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) both inspected the riverbed following a request made in December by the Town of Ramapo. According to the county executive’s office, both agencies inspected the debris field and obstructions. Once FEMA determined the debris removal qualified for FEMA relief funding, the county agency agreed to remove the obstructions and hired Danny Clapp Landscaping Inc., a Wst Nyack-based tree removal company
At 11 a.m., cleanup work begins on the east bank of the river along Torne Valley Road near the St. Lawrence Recreation Center. The cleanup is expected to take two weeks.