Flooding

Governor declares state of emergency as Hurricane Sandy heads for Queens
Governor declares state of emergency as Hurricane Sandy heads for Queens
Central Billy Rennison 10/26/2012 at 12:33PM

Meteorologists expect the pre-Halloween hurricane horror “Frankenstorm” to strike Queens early Monday with the strongest surge coming later that day. Hurricane Sandy has already blown through Haiti and Cuba and is forecasted to make a significant impact on a large portion of the New York metro area, said National Weather Service meteorologist David Stark.  Due to [...]

Forest Hills seeks flood fix
Forest Hills seeks flood fix
Central Mitchell Kirk 10/02/2012 at 1:50PM

Rene Alkalay, owner of Genesis Tree of Life, a yoga and wellness center on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills, is furious that area flooding has cost him nearly $75,000. “I want to know what you’re going to do to put me back in business,” he said at a town hall meeting on Thursday, September 27. [...]

Pilot program aims to prevent flooding
News Billy Rennison 9/24/2012 at 1:04PM

A pilot program unveiled by the city will monitor elevated flow levels in sewers in hopes to prevent future flooding. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) installed 21 manhole covers — 11 in Queens — with monitoring sensors that will alert the agency when there is an elevated flow in the sewer. Crews will then [...]

Forest Hills gets fresh flooding fix
Central Alexa Altman 9/11/2012 at 4:12PM

Away goes trouble, down the drain. Rampant rains that saturated homes and submerged cars earlier this month expedited plans by the New York City Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Design and Construction (DDC) to complete the installation of a water-distribution system, expected to alleviate flooding in steadily soaked Forest Hills. The $24 million upgrade [...]

City council concerned over climate changes
City council concerned over climate changes
News Melissa Chan 8/29/2012 at 1:14PM

The City Council unanimously voted last week to pass a bill which would allow a task force to address rising sea levels and a recent increase in high-intensity rain storms throughout the five boroughs. These long and short term problems stemming from climate change would be tackled by a panel of mayor-appointed climate impact scientists, [...]

Flood advisory issued for Queens
News Billy Rennison 8/27/2012 at 12:48PM

Heavy rains and thunderstorms may cause flash flooding throughout the borough. The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory with up to one inch of rain per half hour forecasted to be poured on Queens through 2 p.m. Forty mph winds are expected to accompany the thunderstorm. Heavy rain over a short period of time [...]

Thunderstorms, hail to hit Queens; flood warning issued
News Billy Rennison 8/15/2012 at 1:03PM

Rain has already begun falling in Queens and strong winds and quarter-sized hail may follow. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the borough warning of heavy rain, hail, lightning strikes and gusts of winds up to 60 mph. Up to two inches of rain per hour is expected. The NWS issued [...]

Weekend Roundup
Weekend Roundup
News Billy Rennison 8/11/2012 at 1:08PM

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney names Paul Ryan as his running mate Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday – a bold choice meant to excite the GOP’s conservative base and further make the economy the defining issue of the election. Romney announced his decision Saturday morning at [...]

Rain in forecast through Thursday; flood advisory issued
Rain in forecast through Thursday; flood advisory issued
News Billy Rennison 6/04/2012 at 10:13AM

After a May with the most rain since 2004, more precipitation is forecasted for every day this week. Approximately a quarter inch of rain is expected today, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), higher in areas that get hit with thunderstorms. Due to the expected rains, the NWS has issued a coastal flood advisory [...]

Sewers will relieve water woes on Metropolitan Avenue
Sewers will relieve water woes on Metropolitan Avenue
News Billy Rennison 3/08/2012 at 2:25PM

A current of constituent complaints, along with a wave of support from a local councilmember, has turned the tide for an oft-flooded local stretch of road. Metropolitan Avenue between 80th Street and Cooper Avenue will receive a new storm sewer system to help relieve flooding, Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley recently announced. Work began on Monday, March [...]