2012-09-12 / Front Page

Crowley Renews Call For Investigation In Glendale Flooding

For the second time in less than a month, a severe storm caused significant flooding in the Glendale and Middle Village area. Countless homes flooded, and the Cooper Avenue underpass, located between 74th and 79th Streets, flooded with a pool of standing water that persisted for several hours. Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley visited the Cooper Avenue underpass after the storm on September 8 and saw construction debris blocking catch basins in the area and renewed her call for a full investigation into the area’s flooding. Following an earlier storm on August 15, Crowley called on the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) to fully investigate whether ongoing construction at the Cooper Avenue underpass contributed to the flood. Last weekend’s flooding of the Cooper Avenue underpass shows that there are significant problems that must be addressed with the pumping station and sewer infrastructure in the area. “Less than three weeks ago, I called on the DEP to fully investigate the cause of the severe floods in Glendale and Middle Village, and now there’s further proof that there are serious problems at the Cooper Avenue underpass,” said Crowley. “Residents and homeowners should not have to worry about a flood whenever it rains, and I will not rest until the DEP acknowledges this problem and dedicates the resources to fix it.”

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