Sunday, March 11, 2012
Flooding fix for Metro?
From the Forum:
Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village will be less of a water hazard thanks to a new sewer line being installed to help alleviate flooding between Cooper Avenue and 80th Street.
The Department of Environmental Protection started work Monday to install more than 400 feet of piping.
Cutting through St. John’s Cemetery, the area doesn’t need a sewer line—except when it rains, Gary Giordano, district manager of Community Board 5, said.
“When there is even moderate rain there can be anywhere from a pond to a lake on Metropolitan Avenue just west of Cooper Avenue at the entrance, exit of St. John’s Cemetery,” Giordano said.
That’s because the catch basin that filters into the ground in the area can’t keep up with the intake.
The project is starting after prodding from Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village).
In April 2010, the Councilwoman wrote a letter to the DEP requesting the department investigate the area.
When the DEP completed the study, it added the area as a capital project.
A news release from Crowley said work then started after continual follow-ups from her office.