Mother Nature showed a cruel sense of timing last week, reflooding the already washed-out homes of Queens residents while city officials held a hush-hush meeting to address the borough's water woes.
Recent storm affects homes still recovering from August rain
The rainstorm last Thursday swamped several areas of the flood-fatigued borough, including apartments along Yellowstone Blvd. in Forest Hills that were defiled by a toxic mix of rainwater and sewage during a devastating storm on Aug. 8.
Since the Aug. 8 storm, countless Queens residents have blasted the agency for not doing enough to address the source of the borough's flooding ills - an outdated sewer and drainage system that is failing under the pressure of unrelenting development.
DEP officials did little to allay those concerns, however, by holding a closed-door, invitation-only meeting Thursday night with civic leaders from western Queens. The site of the meeting was initially kept under wraps.
Attendees said DEP officials provided a briefing on the city's flood mitigation task force - information reported weeks ago by the Daily News.