Flood-Soaked Queens Blames Development, Lagging Sewers and Climate Change
Emily Lloyd, commissioner of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, said that she expected intense storms to occur more frequently over the coming years, and that her agency was investing in preparations.
Commissioner Lloyd said Queens received one-fourth to one-third of the city’s sewer repair dollars, largely because sections of the borough’s drainage system lagged behind development and, as she put it, “we’re playing catch-up there.” The borough will receive $650 million for sewer repairs over the next 10 years, she said.
[Congressman Joseph Crowley] said his constituents overwhelmingly blamed overdevelopment, which is diminishing the amount of porous ground available for drainage.
“I don’t think it takes rocket science to say that water needs a place to go,” he said.
And we don't need a rocket scientist to tell us who promoted overdevelopment over the past 25 years. We'll be observing which of our local politicians attend ribbon cuttings on new development projects after announcing that overdevelopment is a problem - and which vote in favor of massive upzonings, such as the one planned for Jamaica, especially after this:
...she said mitigating flooding from intense storms would require more than “traditional city-owned pipes and pumps.” In southeast Queens, she said, the water table has risen 30 feet in 20 years, and now sits “just below the surface.” Builders, she said, have eliminated drainage areas and built below grade.
THANK YOU QUEENS MACHINE!
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