Bronx Swamp Lingers As Crews Pinpoint Source
Residents in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx say the city has made a lot of progress in cleaning up a notorious swamp, but are now wondering how long it will take before it fully dries up. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
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A flooded section of abandoned freight train tracks, otherwise known as the Bronx swamp, has now turned green. The city Department of Environmental Protection says it's just dye and was put in to try and figure out where the water is coming from.
NY1 reported on the horrible conditions back in July. After years of complaining by residents, the city finally decided it was a health hazard with all of the garbage and mosquitoes.
On August 22nd, the city starting pumping out the water, and is still trying to determine who owns the property.
"I am still getting bitten by mosquitoes, because as they clean it there are still mosquitoes. But it is getting cleaner now," said one Mott Haven resident.
"It is great, I am surprised to be honest. This is great, it is some progress, it is great for the neighborhood, for the kids for myself," said another Mott Haven resident.
The sanitation department cleaned up most of the garbage, but many are wondering why the water is still present after days of pumping.
"There in that tunnel, I remember when I walked under there was running water on the walls. I believe it could be a river or a natural stream that actually may be running and pouring water in. The water was clean, crystal clear. As they were pumping it out, it became more and more clear," said SEBCO Community Housing Manager Edwin Saltares.
The city says it is investigating and even studying the possibility of putting a drainage system in.
Many residents say although the city is doing a good job so far, they want to make sure the work continues until the swamp is completely dry.