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Geneva sets sights on flooding: Creates task force, plans infrastructure work

Geneva’s City Council has unanimously agreed to establish a task force to tackle the city’s flooding issues, particularly following a year marked by severe floods.

The task force, consisting of 12 members including city staff and community representatives, will focus on developing protocols and policies for flood response. It will delve into areas such as infrastructure, homeowner support, emergency planning, and communication strategies. The team is set to present their recommendations to the City Council in November.


In parallel, the Geneva Department of Public Works (DPW) is proactively working on the city’s stormwater system. Joe Venuti, Public Works Director, mentioned ongoing efforts to clear blockages and repair parts of the system, some of which date back to the 1800s. The DPW is addressing immediate concerns, particularly a problematic 800-foot section of storm sewer on Pulteney Street, a part of Cemetery Creek.

This specific project, estimated to cost between $750,000 and $1 million, involves replacing and rerouting the storm sewer to improve drainage and address underlying issues.