Standing water left behind by frequent flooding on one Staten Island block has become more than just a nuisance for residents. NY1's Arlene Borenstein filed the following NY1 for You report.
Walking around a stretch of Roma Avenue in the New Dorp Beach section of Staten Island can be an obstacle course for residents.
"You can't walk across the street," says resident Ron Giordano. "It's very difficult to pull your car out of the driveway. Nobody wants to come on the street, I mean, it floods all the time. There's no place to park."
Giordano says standing water has plagued the block for years, and it only gets worse every time it rains.
Nancy Barone grew up in the neighborhood, and her elderly mother still lives on the street. A recent medical emergency proved just how difficult it is to get around.
"She was injured, she fell," Barone says. "Because of the water, the ambulance could not bring a gurney in, and they took her out in a chair."
"This water never goes away," Giordano says. "This block is a complete mess."
Adding to the mess are breeding sites for mosquitoes that the water creates, a nuisance, if not a health hazard, for anyone who walks by.
"I take the dog out at night," Giordano says. "I have to wear long pants, a jacket and a hat because they start, they're biting you, they're eating you alive."
"As soon as you open your door and you step outside, they attack you," says resident Nilda Marie Pruna.
NY1 for You called the Department of Health about the mosquitoes, and a spokesperson says the department is inspecting mosquito breeding sites in New Dorp Beach on a weekly basis and treating them when necessary.
Homeowners say the cause of the problem is the lack of a proper drainage system. They say they've complained to the city about it for years.
NY1 for You reached out to the Department of Transportation, and a spokesman says city agencies are pursuing a permanent solution for the area that would include raising the street and installing drainage.
It's a solution many residents say hope comes sooner than later.
NY1 for You will keep you updated.