DEP starts four major improve- ments in Queens to prevent flooding
The four- pronged flooding fix-it plan outlined by the DEP calls for:
Tidal gates: Mechanisms called "duck bills" will help let water out during low tide, and hold the bay back during high tide. Slated completion date: Midsummer 2008. Estimated cost: "Relatively cheap," said Lloyd, if permits aren't needed.
Renovation of Calamus Ave. and 69th St: The city will expand and renovate the pipes, which are inefficient and cause bottle-necking, which was discovered after the floods. Slated completion: 2011. Estimated cost: $8million to $10 million for renovation.
Expanding pipelines: A costly second line of sewer will alleviate backup problems in the overextended area. Calamus Ave: 20 million; 48th Ave.: $2 million. Slated completion date: 2012.
Pumping station overhaul: A pumping station at the BQE and 48th Ave. helps cut down the overflow; DEP will install smaller, intermittent pumps to boost efficiency. Slated completion: Unknown. Estimated cost: Unknown.
Let's hope it doesn't rain again until 2013...