“We are the city of New York, for us to be shut down because it rained is unaccept- able. There is a clear need for an updated infra- structure in our borough.”
“The big picture is development. If we keep building multi-family homes [then] maybe we need a larger diameter pipe to handle the rain.”
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Avella said part of the problem lies with the city taking away natural drainage areas and replacing them with multimillion-dollar developments without upgrading the surrounding infrastructure, such as the sewer system, to support the new additions. He pointed to the city's plans to eventually develop the site of what was Flushing Airport in College Point, which acts as a natural flood plane to protect residents in the surrounding community.
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"Is it fair to live with a foot of water and toxic mold?" said resident Frank Siniscalchi. "Is it fair to live with bad smells and sickness? Do we have to live with this indefinitely?"
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