Several months ago a tractor trailer made an illegal right turn eastbound onto 5th avenue. The Semi hit a Fire Hydrant on the corner and proceeded to attempt to back out, running over the Hydrant again. There was a Diesel Fuel spill creating a Haz Mat situation on the block. The Hydrant has since been removed and replaced several times, due to contaminated soil underneath that needed to be removed. On June 8th 2011, both DEP and DEC were on sight once again digging out contaminated soil, and repairing hydrant due to the Diesel fuel contaminant still underground. When asked by several of the residents on 5th avenue what was going on, a high ranking DEP official explained that they would probably have to come back and dig up the street. This due to the fact that over 100 gallons of Diesel spilled onto the ground and is seeping further.
June 9th, we noticed water pooling around the hydrant, we took several pictures and sent them to CB7 as well as our Councilman's office. Our Councilman's office responded that DEP would investigate. June 10th 2011, the hydrant had a seal on it that read "NON COMPLETED WATER VALVE WORK ORDER". This on top of the fact that the first time they repaired the Hydrant it was left inoperable for several weeks until one of our members questioned its operational ability. Now yet again we have a Fire Hydrant that was rendered inoperable months ago and continues to be inoperable in a time when our immediate community is being hit with FIRE HOUSES CLOSING, ENGINE 306 IN BAYSIDE (which would be one of the houses responding to our area in the event of an emergency).
Yet again an already dangerous situation on 5th avenue in Whitestone Queens is being compounded because No one is willing to do the right thing for the block and convert it to a One Way West Bound. If this would have been done, the accident that caused this problem would never have happened.
That Hydrant could have been a person or worse a child. The driver that night did not know what he ran over, only that he ran something or someone over and attempted to back up running the something or someone over yet again! (Murder?) Now we are left with contaminated soil that is traveling to the point where they may need to excavate the road. To add insult to injury , if there is a fire, GOD FORBID! The residents of 5th avenue will have to make due without a Hydrant.
Thank you to all that have allowed this Extremely Dangerous situation to continue and get progressively worse. We now have a toxic spill underground that is spreading . As well as an inoperable FIRE HYDRANT! Is the Diesel seeping into the foundations of the surrounding homes as well? Is the Fire Hydrant going to be repaired quickly?
HOW MUCH MORE MUST THE RESIDENTS OF 5TH AVENUE ENDURE????
Malba Gardens Civic Association