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Queens Chronicle

Lawyer wants AG to probe flood

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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:54 am, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

A lawyer for at least one of the victims of the April 30 Lindenwood flood is asking state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to probe the city’s response to previous flooding issues in the area.

Bruce Baron, a lawyer hired by James Noto, whose Lindenwood home was flooded in the rainstorm on April 30, is asking Schneiderman to take possession of all documents, videos, photographs and employee punch cards related to maintenance of the sewer system in the neighborhood, which residents say has been malfunctioning for years.

The Department of Environmental Protection blamed the flood on a malfunction at the Spring Creek sewer overflow facility, but residents say the sewer system, which the DEP said is not overburdened, has been causing problems for years. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) expressed concern about Lindenwood’s sewer system in a letter to the DEP three weeks before the flood.

A spokesman for Schneiderman’s office said it had not yet reviewed the letter as of Wednesday morning.

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