Midland Beach Flood Woes


I’LL HAVE MORE ABOUT THIS COMING UP IN JUST A LITTLE BIT. JESSICA? ON TO THAT OTHER STORY. PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE MIDLAND BEACH COMMUNITY ON STATEN ISLAND HAVE BIG FLOODING FEARS TONIGHT. EVERY TIME IT RAINS THEY’RE LEFT WITH INCHES OF WATER SITTING ON THEIR STREETS FOR DAYS. TV 10/55’S JESSICA LATENT SPOKE WITH WATERLOGGED RESIDENTS WHO LIVE ALONG THE BAY. Reporter: EVERY TIME IT RAINS, PEOPLE WONDER WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO GET HOME. YOU TRY TO GO IN ILLEGALLY AGAINST THE ONE WAY TO TRY NOT TO HIT THE WATER. Reporter: HIS FAMILY AT THE CORNER OF BEDFORD AVENUE AND KEN’S WICK STREET IS LIKE ITS OWN LITTLE ISLAND SURROUNDED BY FLOODWATER. IF YOU HAD KNOWN HOW BAD THIS WAS WOULD YOU HAVE THOUGHT TWICE ABOUT BUYING THE HOUSE? YEAH, PROBABLY. Reporter: A COUPLE OF BLOCKS AWAY, IT’S JUST AS BAD. NOT ONLY IN GIANT DOWNPOURS, BUT ALMOST EVERY TIME IT RAINS. EVERY TIME IT RAINS, IT RAINS FOR FIVE MINUTES, THEN IT WILL HAVE A HUGE PUDDLE UP THE BLOCK. Reporter: ALL THAT STANDING WATER CAN BE SCARY. ESPECIALLY WITH THE BUGS AND THE MOSQUITOS AND ALL THE VIRUSES NOW, IT’S NOT HEALTHY. Reporter: PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE SAY THE PROBLEM WITH THIS FLOODING, WHICH AT THIS POINT IS ABOUT A FOOT DEEP IN SOME SPOTS, IS THAT IT LASTS LIKE THIS FOR DAYS. EVEN LONG AFTER IT’S STOPPED RAINING. SOME BELIEVE THE ANSWER IS A BETTER DRAINAGE SYSTEM, BUT IN THIS LOW-LYING AREA, THE WATER HAS NOWHERE TO GO. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IS WORKING ON A PROJECT TO PUT IN NEW WETLANDS TO FILTER STORM WATER, BUT CITY COUNCIL MEMBER STEVE MATEO WANTS SOMETHING DONE NOW. QUOTE, IN MY OPINION THE BEST INTERIM SOLUTION IS TO HAVE D.E.P. PUMP OUT THE WATER AS THE FLOODING OCCURS. WATCH THE FIX. IT’S KIND OF FRUSTRATING. Reporter: UNLESS IT’S BEFORE THE NEXT STORM, IT WON’T BE AS FAST AS THESE FAMILIES NEED. IN MIDLAND BEACH, JESSICA LATENT, TV 10/55. A D.E.P. SPOKESMAN TELLS TV 10/55 THE FIRST PHASE OF THE WETLAND PROJECT SHOULD BE DONE BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

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