From CBS 2:
Carmen Thomas was attempting to recover from a deluge that claimed the boiler, washer, dryer and nearly everything else in her Queens basement after five feet of water made its way into her home.
“Horrible, crazy, it stinks,” Thomas said. “Sewer water – everything is all ruined.”
Thomas’ home on 139th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard is just one of dozens of homes on the street that suffered the same fate.
In the basement of Richard Green’s home, a sliding glass door was pushed in – frame and all.
“It came down the steps from the backyard and over the other houses,” Green said of the sewage that made its way into his home.
But next door, where a commercial cleaning company was at work, the owner said much of the flooding “back-up” from the sanitary sewer.
“Found out it was coming from the main sewage line and after that, sewage started coming up. Raw sewage coming out the main line,” resident George Brash said.
The Department of Environmental Protection said crews were cleaning sewer catch basins and draining sewers after they were just overtaxed.
The city was passing out flyers in Springfield Gardens Monday, advising flood victims how to go about filing claims against the city, which may be liable.