Wednesday, November 21, 2012
City blames sinkholes on developers
Keep these 2 passages in mind as you watch the videos...
From the Huffington Post:
The city did not respond to a question about recent development on Staten Island or on the Rockaways. It noted that experts on zoning and code had been dispatched to the field to respond to the aftereffects of Sandy. But it said that newly constructed buildings in the city are required to be flood-proofed to the FEMA-designated flood elevations.
Mr. Romski said that a heavy-duty, sophisticated drainage system, designed to handle flood surges, was instrumental in mitigating flooding. The system — which features underground chambers, wide street mains and storm drains on each house property — connects to large sewer mains that the developer installed in public streets that they rebuilt around the project site, as part of an agreement with the city, Mr. Romski said.
So developers went to the DOB with these plans, the DOB approved them, and now it's the homeowners that will have to deal with the danger and the cost of fixing the problem. I smell a class action lawsuit.