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Pelham Residents Discuss Flooding on Hutch Parkway

PELHAM, N.Y. – The Hutchinson River Parkway flooded Friday afternoon after heavy rain drenched the Pelham area. Flooding on the highway has become an expected event for some, but at least one Pelham resident has accepted the conditions.

Paul Bencivengo, owner of a gas station and auto repair shop on Wolfs Lane, said that natural forces cannot be stopped.

"Mother Nature has her way," Bencivengo said. "How are you going to stop the flow of Mother Nature? Certain things you've got to deal with in life."

County officials have tried to address flooding issues on highways in Westchester. The Saw Mill River Watershed Advisory Board met Thursday morning with Westchester County Legislators in White Plains to discuss solutions for the flood problems on that road.

But Bencivengo was not so optimistic that anything could be done. He pointed to towns such as Kensico that had to be moved because there was no way to correct the flow of flooding water.

Bencivengo also said that highway flooding does not cause his customers to panic, nor does it have an adverse effect on their cars.

"All it does is screw up traffic," Bencivengo said.

David Katz, vice president of Pelham's Chamber of Commerce, expressed concern about how flooding on the Hutchinson River Parkway affects Pelham. He discussed the difficulties of parallel parking on Fifth Avenue and how he thinks a closed parkway exacerbates the problem.

"When the Hutch backs up, it kills this town," Katz said. "Fifth Avenue becomes a parking lot."

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