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Midland Beach Residents On Flooded Street Worry About Electric Work

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A block in Midland Beach is still flooded after the city's most recent storm, and homeowners who are having electric work done say its unsafe. NY1's Aaron Dickens filed the following report.

After two storms in two weeks, residents on Haven Avenue still have no power or gas, and their street looks like a river.

"It's dirty water sitting there," said Midland Beach resident Elizabeth Federico. "It's contaminated water. It's not even clean water we have there. It's all contaminated water. After a while, it's going to cause some issues."

Debris from Sandy clogs the street's drain and the recent snowstorm left more than a foot of water. Electricians filled the block, working on wires in the homes. Many said the street needs to be drained before the power is turned back on.

"Water and electricity doesn't mix," said electrician Alejandro Matos. "You can't get wet and get exposed to a current."

Still, crews tried to work around it.

"People have been out of power two weeks, so everyone is trying to help out," Matos said.

Just down the block, one homeowner is in the process of gutting and rebuilding the inside of his house. He plans to get a licensed electrician in here to help get his power get turned on. In the meantime, he is using this propane heater to keep warm. He is worried about the water from the street coming inside.

"We pay taxes like everybody else," said Midland Beach resident Sel Gjoni. "I think this is the time for the city to do something, especially for all of this neighborhood."

NY1 asked the Department of Environmental Protection about the water problem, and the agency told the station that crews were working in the affected area.

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