Monday, December 24, 2012
Flooding to resume in southeast Queens
From the Daily News:
A solution for chronic flooding in southeastern Queens homes has proven to be short-lived as the state has nixed a popular ground-water pumping program.
Homeowners were finally getting relief after more than a decade of having their basements flood with a mix of storm water and sewage after heavy rains.
But now that the state has ceased pumping water out of a St. Albans well, which lowers the high water table in the area and alleviates flooding, homeowners are once again on edge.
The well was re-opened in August to remove toxic material in the groundwater, he said. About 800,000 gallons of water were being pumped out a day until operations were suspended last month.
A city Department of Environmental Protection official told the Daily News on Wednesday that the agency is not responsible for operating the wells.
A state Department of Environmental Conservation official also denied having any involvement with Station 24. But a Nov. 28 email from the DEC confirms the agency was responsible for operating the well.
DEC officials did not immediately respond to questions on Wednesday about whether the well would be re-opened.