More flood relief - Queens Chronicle: Editorials

More flood relief

Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:30 am

Residents of one small part of Queens have reason to be glad this week as the city has finally addressed the continual presence of deep standing water on Edsall Avenue in Glendale. All it took were four new catch basins, 160 feet of new sewer lines and 676 feet of new curbing, $300,000 — and about 10 years of distress for the area.

An exponentially larger project remains ongoing in Southeast Queens, where flood conditions caused by a high water table and a halt to the city’s pumping of drinking water from the area have been terrible for decades. As of last March, $900 million out of a planned $1.7 billion had been spent on new storm drains, sewers and the like.

Neighborhoods all over the borough remain in need of relief from flooding and ponding. Let’s see more Edsall Avenue-style projects across the borough and make Queens dry again, one street at a time.