Flooded Locals Furious After Storm
At a recent Community Board 5 meeting, District Manager Gary Giordano and state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) said flooding caused by the rainstorm was the worst they had seen in the area.
Giordano said over-development in the area may exacerbate flooding during rainstorms, citing one resident who recently spotted concrete leaking into a catch basin from a construction site. He said the city should consistently clean out local basins and sewers to help prevent overflowing.
"I would not doubt that over-development contributes to worse conditions when it rains hard," he said. "And, in some cases, I think the city needs bigger sewer lines. There are a heck of a lot more people living here than when the lines were built."
"To say the least, the pipes and sewers are inadequate for the development that is taking place in the city," [Maltese] said. "Cleaning and inspecting them will no longer do the trick."
Officials blame city for flooding
Rep. Joseph Crowley last Wednesday initiated automated calling to people announcing that he "cares and is here for" us. He's sending FEMA around to survey the flooding. Joey, you're a week late. But hey folks, there's still time to sue the city!
Pictured: Clueless Joe and the Doorman try to figure out how a chain link gate failed to keep the water out in Woodside. Photo from the Queens Gazette
DEP agrees with the assessment:
"When the sewers were built, they were built with the expectation that there wouldn't be the level of development that is there now," said DEP spokesman Michael Saucier.
WEAK QNS. SEWERS BRING A FLOOD OF SUITS
It is time to determine whether the persistent flooding of certain sections of Queens is simply due to extreme acts by Mother Nature or if the city's infrastructure is, in part, to blame," Crowley declared.
He said this was why he and his colleagues were calling on Comptroller Thompson to spearhead the investigation into the possible causes of the local flooding.
[Assemblywoman Marge] Markey (D- Maspeth) said that last Wednesday was the second time this season her district had been struck.
She stated, "I believe that overdevelopment, combined with antiquated sewer lines and clogged catch basins are contributing factors to the flooding. Until something is done about it my constituents will have flooded basements after each heavy rain we have."
'City's Falling Apart- Fix It,' Say Lawmakers
WOW! Can you imagine that? Why did you a-holes encourage the overdevelopment of Queens in the first place? Why do community boards constantly vote in favor of developer variances? Nice try, you guys, to lay the blame on someone - or something - other than yourselves. To quote Drinking with Bob:
WAKE UP YOU FREAKING MORONS!!!