Saturday, May 19, 2012
When it rains, it pours - and floods
The old saying says when it rains, it pours. In Springfield Gardens, Queens, it often floods, making water damage an all-too-familiar scene.
Frustration over this ongoing problem has been mounting for years. Residents have seen their fair share of high water over the last 30 years.
The Department of Environmental Protection has remedied much of the problem through a long-term sewer construction project, but the flooding persists in this low-lying area.
"We have spent $130 million reconstructing streets around this area, putting in new sewers, sanitary sewers and also storm sewers which also take the storm water when it falls," says DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland.
The city will spend $50 million more to create wetlands around Springfield Lake, plant more than 500 trees and building pavements that will absorb water as part of the next phase of the project set to begin in the fall.