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February 10, 2014

Jay-Keene committee readies flood plan

JAY — The New York State Rising Joint Committee of the towns of Jay and Keene will host an informational meeting to present its preliminary flood-prevention plans to the public.

This presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26,  at the Jay Entertainment and Music Society (JEMS) building on Parkside Drive in Jay.

The Joint Committee was formed after the 2011 flooding from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee and has been working on a plan to prevent or mitigate future incidents.

According to New York State Rising Joint Committee Co-Chair Scott McDonald, they’re almost there.

“The Joint Committee, in cooperation with Ecology and Environment Inc., our consultants, has worked very diligently at identifying strategies to help address the flooding issues in our communities along the Ausable River and its tributaries,” he said in a news release.

“We strongly encourage community residents to attend the meeting as we share our ideas and seek feedback and comments from residents.”

“I hope we have a good turnout; we have made good progress, and public input is important to the project,” Co-Chair Vinny McClelland added in the release.

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