Puddles, Puddles, Everywhere!

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At a recent meeting of the WRBA, one of the attendees approached me and told me about the sewer at his corner, and how quickly it backed up when it rained.  I know how annoying that can be as I lived on a block with a sewer like that for 20 years.  People on that block were so used to it that whenever rain was in the forecast they avoided parking at the corner because, otherwise, they’d have to walk in water up to their ankles to get back to their car the next day.  

We’ve had ample rain this summer — and ample time to notice that we have a number of sewers with similar problems here in Woodhaven, many of them on Jamaica Avenue.

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These become a real nuisance for pedestrians — many of them elderly — and since they cannot leap over them, they look for ways around them.  That leads to folks crossing Jamaica Avenue in the middle of the street, stepping between cars into traffic.  Sooner or later, what seems like a simple problem is going to lead to a regrettable tragedy.

And it’s not just on Jamaica Avenue where this is an issue.  Many of the side streets are a problem.  Here, below, is the block I grew up on — 86th Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard.  Both sides of the street get flooded out when it rains real hard:

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With the economy as it is, we probably shouldn’t expect major repairs any time soon.  On the other hand, if the Obama Administration is looking for shovel-ready jobs to spend their “stimulus” money on – we’ve got a bunch of sewers right here in Woodhaven that need some digging out.

Do you have a sewer on your block that backs up and floods the street?  Drop us a line — or leave a message in the comments.  We’ll be compiling a list of problem spots and seeing if we can get something done.

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One Response to “Puddles, Puddles, Everywhere!”

  1. Tom Says:

    Like you, I grew up in Woodhaven, a couple of blocks North of you. 86th Drive and Woodhaven Blvd has been flooding at least since the 60s. I can remember jumping that puddle on the way to high school.

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