Flooding

South-eastern Queens to get more sewers to alleviate flooding
South-eastern Queens to get more sewers to alleviate flooding
Southeast Maggie Hayes 12/09/2013 at 1:45PM

South-eastern Queens neighborhoods, which have long suffered from perpetual flooding, may see some immediate relief after the city announced it would work quickly to create new storm sewers and upgrade catch basements. A multi-year, $6 billion sewer-upgrade plan to manage the area’s flooding was announced earlier this year, but the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) [...]

Far Rockaway residents call for promised fixes to flooding issues
Far Rockaway residents call for promised fixes to flooding issues
South Maggie Hayes 11/12/2013 at 4:20PM

Far Rockaway residents are flooded with problems, and say they have no life raft. Bay 32nd Street regularly experiences heavy flooding. In August, those concerned came together with the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) to voice their concerns. DC representatives in charge of repairs and upgrades explained, in detail, the overall improvement plan and [...]

Sandy’s heroes celebrate 85 years of service
Sandy’s heroes celebrate 85 years of service
South Terence M. Cullen 2/05/2013 at 11:47AM

While the night marked 85 years of serving its community, the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department dedicated its annual dinner/dance to all of those who pitched in during Sandy — particularly the men and women who were on duty that night. Volunteers, friends, family and local leaders celebrated another year of community service on [...]

Central and southern Queens to receive water main upgrade
Central and southern Queens to receive water main upgrade
Central Melissa Chan 12/31/2012 at 12:21PM

A $14 million upgrade to replace the borough’s aging water system will soon flow into portions of central and southern Queens, authorities said. About 13 miles of new ductile iron water mains will be installed to replace old unlined cast ones in Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill and Far Rockaway, according to the city’s [...]

Sandy changes Hunter’s Point library plans
Sandy changes Hunter’s Point library plans
Top Stories Alexa Altman 12/27/2012 at 9:50AM

Fear of another Sandy is altering plans for the Queens Library’s upcoming Hunter’s Point destination. The land supporting the 21,500-square-foot facility, to be located at Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue on the banks of the East River, will be graded an extra foot higher to avoid any possible flooding that could occur during another Sandy-type [...]

Faster flooding fix coming to Middle Village, Maspeth
News Billy Rennison 12/18/2012 at 3:30PM

Middle Village and Maspeth residents will wave goodbye to water woes a year ahead of schedule. A pair of Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) capital projects to help alleviate constant flooding in the neighboring communities was moved up after several discussions with Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley. The first upgrade along Calamus Avenue is scheduled to begin [...]

Bloomberg says city will rebuild smarter along shore
Bloomberg says city will rebuild smarter along shore
News Billy Rennison 12/06/2012 at 12:52PM

Despite record storm surges, Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to rebuild along the shore, but said it must be “smarter, stronger and more sustainable.” Bloomberg made the remarks at the New York Marriott Downtown to an audience that included former Vice President Al Gore. “Let me be clear: We are not going to abandon the waterfront,” [...]

Mold spawns health concerns in Sandy flood zone
Mold spawns health concerns in Sandy flood zone
Health Alexa Altman 11/28/2012 at 9:37AM

Homes that withstood Sandy’s rushing water and brutal winds may now be susceptible to another hazard — mold. According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) flood-damaged homes may have already seen extensive mold growth located under floor tiles, wallpaper and carpeting. The Department of Buildings (DOB) has plans to raze roughly 200 [...]

JFK to reopen tomorrow, no timetable for LaGuardia
JFK to reopen tomorrow, no timetable for LaGuardia
News Maggie Hayes 10/30/2012 at 5:43PM

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will reopen John F. Kennedy International Airport tomorrow with limited service while LaGuardia will remain closed following the devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy. Monday, October 29 air carriers ceased all operations in to and out of the Queens airports, and Monday night at 8 p.m., the [...]

Rockaway preps for Hurricane Sandy
News Terence M. Cullen 10/27/2012 at 4:27PM

Rockaway residents are siding with caution and getting the necessities to weather out threats from Hurricane Sandy. In order to prevent flooding, sand walls are currently being assembled at certain spots along the beaches. Con Edison announced it will also have extra crews available to deal with anticipated power outages. Many people living near the [...]