Mount Tremper: Life in the Floodway – Trials, Tribulation and Finally Mitigation

APA New York Upstate Chapter


Wednesday, April 25, 2018
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. EDT

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With its history of flooding and the threat of future increases in intense precipitation throughout the northeast, the tiny Catskill Mountain hamlet of Mt Tremper, located on the flashy Esopus Creek, has spurred local leaders to begin to take action. In the last 35 years, the area has experienced five events greater than a Q25 flood, resulting in more than $2.3M in NFIP claims in an area where forty-five percent of the policies are pre-FIRM. This fact, coupled with a community-driven local flood analysis, has resulted in a flurry of mitigation projects, and has set the stage for significantly more. While implementation has begun, the ultimate goal is to reduce 100-yr water surface elevations by up to 3’ in nearly 30 homes. Mitigation projects completed in 2017 include six acquisitions and one relocation (to higher ground). In 2018, several other projects will be completed, including the removal of a long-defunct bridge, and four additional acquisitions. It is anticipated that by 2020, a massive bridge replacement (to pass the Q100 flow) will be completed, two additional relocations done (including the Post Office), and the removal of an inadequate flood control structure installed in the 1950s will be underway. 

Presentation will cover the historical impacts of flooding in that location, recovery and community response, the proposed mitigation solutions and the challenges with each, and recent implementation success stories that have created a groundswell of support and real opportunities that will result in significant reductions in flood elevations and community preservation. 




Aaron Bennett

Invited Speaker


Mount Tremper

Invited Speaker


Tony Subbio

Invited Speaker


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Bill Nechamen,