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Long-Awaited Flood Reduction Project Begins in Kohlertown

Kohlertown flooding

The Kohlertown Flood Risk Reduction Project, which begins construction May 30, is intended to reduce the kind of flooding seen in the hamlet over the past few decades, including this one along County Road 164 on July 31, 2009.

Jeffersonville, NY – The Kohlertown Flood Risk Reduction Project – which is funded in part by the Climate Smart Community Grant Program, Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation – will be starting construction the week of May 30.

“I am thrilled to announce the beginning of this work,” said District 5 Legislator George Conklin, who chairs the Legislature’s Public Works Committee and represents that part of the County. “It will help many residents and business owners avoid repeated damage to their buildings and properties, as this area has seen way more than its fair share of floods.”

The project is overseen by Sullivan County’s Division of Public Works, which intends on utilizing an innovatively designed flume to be constructed adjacent to the tributary of the East Branch of Callicoon Creek, approximately 450 feet uphill from the intersection of State Route 52 and County Road 164 near Jeffersonville.

The flume will skim off excess stream flow and transport the flood water directly to the East Branch of Callicoon Creek through a 46” high by 60” wide arch pipeline, reducing flooding down CR 164 and to the south, behind the homes and businesses west of Route 52. The work is being undertaken by Sullivan County Paving & Construction.

Traffic on CR 164 and Route 52 will be regulated by traffic lights in order to maintain a single bi-directional lane on each road when needed. Depending on circumstances, CR 164 may occasionally require brief shutdowns, detouring traffic to Miller Road and Route 52.

Substantial completion is scheduled for the end of July; however, that is only an estimate. For any questions concerning this project, please contact Sullivan County Bridge Engineer Robert Trotta at 845-807-0278 or