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Fed Up with the Floods

CB 5 Relaunches Task Force To Find Fix

Solutions to recent flooding problems around areas of Glendale and Middle Village were the big story coming out of Community Board 5′s meeting last Wednesday, Sept. 12, as the advisory body announced that it would reactivate its Flood Mitigation Task Force to investigate conditions and reach out to the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (at right) talked about recent floods at last Wednesday’s Community Board 5 meeting in Middle Village. Shown seated at left are Board 5 District Manager and Chairperson Vincent Arcuri.

Board members and local residents alike took the microphone during last Wednesday’s session at Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village to call for action following damages incurred by floods following storms on Aug. 15 and Sept. 8.

“In all honesty, it seems to have gotten worse than better,” said Brian Dooley, president of the Glendale Property Owners Association and a Board 5 member who participated in the Flood Mitigation Task Force formed following floods in August 2007.

“We all suffer the same fate,” added Anthony Morello of Gray Street in Middle Village. “Whenever it rains hard, we get flooding in our basements. It seems like it’s happening more and more these days.”

In previous years, the board has requested improvements to local sewers and catch basins to help prevent regular flooding around the area, District Manager Gary Giordano informed attendees. During the board’s public hearing on capital and expense budget items for the 2014 fiscal year at the start of last Wednesday’s sesstory

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