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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding Throughout City

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New Yorkers are dealing with flooded roads and streets after up to five inches of torrential rain drenched the city Wednesday night. NY1's Rocco Vertuccio filed the following report.

Queens resident Gina Oddo thought she had seen the worst of mother nature when Hurricane Sandy tore through the city. But this latest round of heavy rainfall, flooded her Howard Beach condo.

Oddo says she lost everything again.

"It's heartbreaking. How do you go on? That's all I have," she said.

Some of Oddo's neighbors were trapped inside when several feet of water rushed in. Firefighters had to rescue Tamara Tamburo and her two children.

"Especially after Sandy it just stinks," said Tamburo. "Oh it was worse than Sandy."

Residents of the Lindenwood section of Howard Beach say several inches of rain combined with a surge from backed up sewers caused the water to rise up to six feet in some homes.

"Whatever problems were over here this was a river it came here and came all down,' said one resident.

The water flooded basements and garages and the first floors of many low lying homes.
Kirsten Ingenito lost all her decorations and bridal party gifts for her August wedding.

"I have things in plastic containers that the water was so heavy it bumrushed in within 30 minutes," Ingenito said.

Sloped driveways in some homes made it easier for the water to rush in. But residents says inadequate sewers are the problem. They say the sewers always back up during a heavy rain.

"The DEP needs to come here and solve this issue," said one resident.

The city Department of Environmental Protection says it will examine the drainage system in the area but overall the sewer system is good. It believes the high tide and new moon contributed to the flooding.

"Those two things work together to make it hard for the drainage to get out into the surrounding waters," said DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd.

Many of the residents may be stuck paying for the damage out of their own pockets. They say insurance won't always cover all damages in a low lying home.

City residents affected by storm flooding should report damage to their homes and businesses by calling 311 or visiting nyc.gov/311.

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