Lawmakers create flood mitigation tracking database
by Patrick Kearns
Apr 04, 2017 | 2069 views | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Southeast Queens residents waiting for much-needed flood relief will now be able to follow the progress of a $1.7 billion sewer infrastructure project.

New City Council legislation will create a public tracking database maintained by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) so residents can see when and where work is coming to their block.

The database will include notices on any utility service interruptions or parking restrictions.

The area has faced serious flooding issues due to a rapid growth in population, according to Councilman Donovan Richards. The pace of home construction far outpaced the pace of infrastructure improvements.

“Communities like Rosedale are inundated with flooding every time there’s a simple rain,” Richards said.

Over the years, the city has made promises to address the issue, but it wasn’t until 2015 that Mayor Bill de Blasio actually put money into a ten-year plan. Work will be split into 18 separate projects, with the first beginning later this year.

For residents that don’t have access to the Internet, Richards says they can contact his office to get updates.

“We’re finally starting to see results after all these years,” he said. “But even as we celebrate those results, we know that accountability and transparency are two keywords in getting this work done over the next decade or so.”
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