New Dorp Residents Flooded By Storm Say They Need New Infrastructure
In New Dorp Beach, weary residents are contending with some flooding after last night's storm, something they say is a problem they've been fighting for a long time. NY1's Mara Montalbano filed the following report.
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It was hard to drive across Cuba Avenue Thursday morning. The latest storm flooded the street and some nearby homes.
Susan Maiorana and her husband Gregory moved into their home in April and their basement has already flooded 3 times since.
They spent the morning pumping out their basement and trying to get their boiler to work.
"It didn't look too bad, but all of a sudden the water came in and there was nothing I can do," Maiorana said. "We're doing what we can right now to get the water out ."
She said they'd just replaced their garage door, which was damaged by Sandy. Now they have to replace it again.
"It's just a mess over here. I don't know what to do," Maiorana said. "I don't even have the money to fix this anymore."
Some of her neighbors are in the same situation. Those who have lived on Cuba Avenue for years say the problem goes back as far as they can remember.
"They keep saying they're going to put storm sewers in -- I'd like to live long enough to see it," New Dorp Beach resident Ann Garofalo said. "They've been promising and they never do it. They've been talking about a ferris wheel. Help the people here, we've gone through enough already."
Residents say they've been complaining to the city and local elected officials to get better drainage in the neighborhood, but their requests have gone unanswered.
Now they have to go back to their insurance companies and apply for more help -- a process they're not looking forward to.
"We shouldn't be taking money from year after year and have the same problem exist," resident Joe Piazza said. "Something needs to be done."