Springfield Gardens Residents Fed Up With Floods
Tuesday's storm didn't cause a lot of damage for most New Yorkers but some Queens residents were hit hard with what has become a familiar site when it rains. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
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Springfield Gardens residents had no doubt they would be soaked Tuesday night and they were. Heavy rains usually cause flooding on 159th Street and homeowners are tired of being under water.
"We've gotten flooded here so many times and I've had it up to here," said one resident.
Flooding has been a long-standing issue in this part of Southeast Queens because of poor drainage and sewers that often back up during heavy rainfall. But the residents on 159th Street say their basements are flooding more frequently.
"We got flooded back on August 10 the same way," said one. "The whole street got flooded. We all got water in our basement."
The city has spent decades and more than $100 million to fix the problem in phases. The next phase of a long-term sewer construction project will fix some of the current flooding.
But Springfield Gardens residents said they were told the project will not address their problem this time around and that has angered many.
"You got the water running off this federal building here," said one resident. "You got the water coming down on from Rockaway Boulevard and 158th Street. They don't want to give us new sewers. I mean, it don't make no sense."
But that could change in the future. On Wednesday, the Department of Environmental Protection said it is working on a drainage design plan for the street. Residents welcomed the news but the lack of timetable on the project has many concerned they will be dealing with this ongoing problem well into the future.