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Stringer begins offers for Lindenwood flood settlements

Tuesday is deadline to file with Comptroller

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Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:33 pm | Updated: 11:28 am, Thu Jul 31, 2014.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer has begun making offers to victims of the April 30 flood in Lindenwood that the city blamed on failure of a key piece of flood-control infrastructure. 

“On May 27, Comptroller Stringer addressed the Howard Beach/Lindenwood Civic Association about his office’s role in adjudicating claims against the city related to houses damaged by flooding on April 30,” a Stringer spokeswoman said in an email. “As the Comptroller committed at that meeting, engineers from his office have moved swiftly and inspected more than one hundred homes alleged to be damaged by that flood. As of this week, the Comptroller’s office has started making offers of settlements to flooding victims, while inspections of additional homes continue.”

Much of Lindenwood was flooded after 5 inches of rain fell on Queens during the evening and night of April 30. The city Department of Environmental Protection took responsibility for the flooding, blaming it on the failure of the Spring Creek sewer overflow facility that drains storm water from the neighborhood into Jamaica Bay. A section of East New York, Brooklyn on the opposite side of Spring Creek was also flooded that night. 

Stringer told the Howard Beach/Lindenwood Civic Association that residents can file for claims with his office and more than 400 homeowners in both boroughs — the vast majority being in Lindenwood — have done so since the end of May and the deadline to make a claim is July 29.

Some residents have blamed the flooding on the sewer system, which they say is not equipped to handle the neighborhood’s growth in the past few decades. 

However, the DEP said the sewers were not a concern, even though several residents, like James Noto of 153rd Avenue, have had floods in their basements multiple times before, including after hurricanes Irene and Sandy and after a heavy rainfall in late March.  

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