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Fallkill Creek Development and Restoration Project (FDR)
The Fall Kill Creek winds through the City of Poughkeepsie. Under President F.D. Roosevelt, the creek was channelized through a series of stone walls during the “New Deal Era” (1930’s). Approximately, 2.5 miles of stone walls were built on both sides of the creek’s full length (3.1 miles).  For decades and years to come, the Fall Kill Creek plays an important role in the city’s storm water run- off system.  Under normal conditions both sewer water and storm water flow to a water treatment facility. However, during heavy rainstorms the excess water overflows directly into the Fall Kill Creek. On August 28, 2011, Hurricane Irene dumped 7-9 inches of rain in the Mid-Hudson and Dutchess County region. One of the hardest hit areas in the City of Poughkeepsie was the densely populated Northside community. The overflow of rain and storm water-runoff forced the evacuation of hundreds of low income city residents from their homes and apartments. On August 31, 2011, President Obama issued disaster declaration # FEMA- 4020-DR Hurricane Irene for the State of New York that triggered the release of Federal funds to help individuals and communities.  Dutchess County was designated as an Individual Assistance (IA) and a Public Assistance (PA) county. The extensive flooding of the creek during Hurricane Irene forced local residents, city officials, and community groups to address the need to repair the Fall Kill Creek stonewalls and watershed areas. The  solid debris and other obstructions in the Fallkill Creek had to be removed in order to prevent flooding in the City of Poughkeepsie.
Councilmember At Large