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Broken catch basins cause flooding issues

DEP to fix Ozone Park location, repaired Howard Beach problem

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:11 am, Thu Aug 29, 2013.

The city is looking into two different flooding problems in two locations in southern Queens.

The first issue, at the corner of Cross Bay Boulevard and 165th Avenue in Howard Beach, has already gotten a response by the city Department of Environmental Protection, while the other location, outside John Adams High School in Ozone Park, may be eyed for a fix, according to Rudy S. Giuliani, chief of staff to Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park)

“It has been an ongoing issue we’ve been working on with DEP,” he said in an email, adding that the agency has identified the issue near John Adams as a broken catch basin and are working on a timetable to fix the problem. But a DEP official said the agency has no record of a complaint there, but will have crews investigate it.

A broken catch basin was the blame for the flooding issue in Howard Beach as well, Guiliani said. The intersection, just feet from Jamaica Bay at the foot of the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge and outside the restaurant Vetro, regularly floods even during light rainstorms. After heavier rainfalls, several lanes on Cross Bay Boulevard — including the southbound left turn lane that goes into Vetro’s parking lot — become impassable.

The area also bore the brunt of Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge last October with nearly 6 feet of water flooding the intersection at one point.

The incident outside John Adams, near the corner of 101st Street and Rockaway Boulevard, is a recent problem. During a heavy rain on Aug. 8, the corner flooded causing traffic tieups along a busy stretch of Rockaway Boulevard at rush hour.

A resident who lives on 101st Street near the intersection said it was the flooding problem there is a recent development.

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