Crowley Speaks Out On Flooding Problem
Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley is reaching out to the Department of Environmental Protection after many of her constituents complained of the flooding dilemma that has been affecting Middle Village. In a letter addressed to DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland, the councilmember stated that every time it rains there is extensive flooding on Metropolitan Avenue between 80th Street and Cooper Avenue near the St. John’s Cemetery. The flooding covers all four lanes creating a danger to the high volume of motorists traveling along Metropolitan Avenue. According to Crowley, this problem has been persistent for the past several years. Additional health related hazards occur when the water does not recede and remains standing for long periods of time becoming stagnant. In the summer time this could also lead to a breeding ground for mosquitoes. According to the DEP five catch basins and 24 inch stone sewers are currently being installed along Metropolitain Avenue by Cooper Avenue and 80th Street with completion set for mid June of this year. The cost of the project is more than $500,000.