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Days after answering Gov. Hochul’s call to provide federal relief for New York and to support infrastructure initiatives after flash flooding from Tropical Storm Ida poured into the Big Apple’s subway system, President Biden made a visit to East Elmhurst on Sept. 7.
“This goes so far beyond what anybody is willing to speak up to until now,” said Biden. “We just finished surveying the damage here in Queens.”
In the winter, it was a skating rink. After a spring rain, it was a dirty lake.
The southwest corner at 157th Avenue and 79th Street in Lindenwood has been sinking slowly at least since 2013, neighbors say, and runoff rainwater from blocks around collects there after stroms.
The office of Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) has reported that a sewage backup of some sort has flooded at least one apartment and a community center at the South Jamaica Houses, run by the New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA.
The flooding is believed to have begin at about 6 p.m. Sunday in a second-floor apartment at 109-10 160th St. A statement from Wills’ office also said dirty water flowed into a hallway and has flooded “the entire community center” at 109-04 160th Street.