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Tommy Thurber Lane Residents Petition For Drainage

MONTROSE, N.Y. – Some Tommy Thurber Lane residents are petitioning Cortlandt to address flooding problems on the street, but Cortlandt officials say there isn't funding for the costly project.

Fifty residents and neighbors of the street petitioned the town for resurfacing and drainage solutions. Some residents say they've been battling swampy backyards and flooded basements for years.

Cortlandt officials say any solutions would first have to address drainage on Meadow Road, "which has experienced flooding for many years."

"Previous proposals to mitigate flooding in the Meadow Road area included a million dollar drainage system diversion project, over a mile of downstream improvements, and constructing a costly retention basin at the end of Henning Drive," wrote Jeff Coleman, head of the town's Department of Environmental Services.

"Funding for these improvements has not been identified," he wrote. He added, "A drainage solution is unlikely to occur in the near future."

Residents say the road lies on a low water table, contributing to flooding. Joe Duraes, who helped circulated a petition requesting road resurfacing and drainage work on the street, said the project is a necessary evil.

"They'll probably have to gut the entire street. It'll be a nightmare to live around here while the work is going on, but it's necessary," Duraes said.

The petition said that although the town has exercised "due diligence" by looking into the problem, "no satisfying solution or remedy was offered."

"It's frustrating because Tommy Thurber Lane is still not a priority," Duraes said.

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