Fed Funds to Fix Pumping Stations

Sewage Devices Took Hit From Sandy

Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced over $5 million in federal funding for the city Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance Program to reimburse the city for Hurricane Sandy’s damage to 16 pump stations in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.

“Superstorm Sandy seriously damaged 16 pumping stations all throughout New York City, serving over one million city residents,” said Schumer. “This federal reimbursement will make sure that local taxpayers won’t be on the hook for this work and will help get these pumping stations back to their pre-storm condition.”

“The devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy to our city’s infrastructure and pumping facilities is unprecedented,” Gillibrand added. “This critical funding is an important step to help New York recover and rebuild. I will continue to work with my colleagues and localities to ensure that New York has infrastructure in place to rebuild stronger and weather future natural disasters.”

As a result of Hurricane Sandy, 16 pump stations owned and operated by the DEP were damaged when salt water storm surge submerged the site and flooded underground concrete vaults, damaging numerous types of electric equipment such as motors, motor controllers, flow meter, level indicators, fans, heaters, control panels and lights.

Most of the damage occurred at the Manhattan Pump Station, a multilevel sewage pumping facilities that services approximately 4,400 acres in the lower east portion of Manhattan with an estimated 1.1 million people. There are five main sewage pumps with a pumping capacity of 100 million gallons per day.

In addition to the Manhattan Pump Station, there was significant damage at the Roosevelt Island South Pumping Station. On Staten Island, there was damage at the Mason Avenue Pumping Station, South Beach Pumping Station, Nautilus Court Pumping Station, and the Cannon Avenue Pump Station.

In Brooklyn, there was damage at the Bush Terminal Pumping Station, 2nd Avenue Pumping Station, Nevins Street Pump Station, Van Brunt St. Pumping Station, and Gowanus Pump Station. In Queens, there was damage at the Douglaston Bay Pumping Station, the 49th Street Pumping Station and Rosedale Pumping Station. In Far Rockaway, there was damage at the Seagirt Avenue Pumping Station and in Rockaway, at the Bayswater Pumping Station.

The Project Worksheet allocates $5,186,084 in FEMA Public Assistance Program funding for the repair and reconstruction of the 16 disasterdamaged pump stations to their predisaster design, capacity and function.

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