NY1 For You: Rainstorms Turn S.I. Residential Street Into A Pond
The recent rainstorms created puddles everywhere, but on one Staten Island street those puddles turned into a pond that homeowners say is not going away. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.
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Every time it rains on part of a particular street in South Beach, Staten Island, there remains a pool of water three to four inches deep.
"It's a nuisance and more," says local homeowner Domenica Ciulla. "I lived here for more than 27 years and I never had this kind of water on the front of my home."
Homeowners say the flooding started three months ago, when the city patched up a part of the street, leaving the surface uneven.
"They didn't pave the whole street. They pave only the piecemeal," says local homeowner Shah Mehendre.
If there is any question about what is causing the pooling, all one has to do is look down at the edge of the patchwork.
"It never goes away until it dries up," says Mehendre.
Beyond the inconvenience, those living on the street worry about standing water and mosquitoes in the summer, ice in the winter and possible long-term effects.
"Every time the water's receding I don't know where's it going. It might damage my foundation wall," says Ciulla.
Residents say they have called 311 repeatedly but nothing has been done.
After they turned to NY1 For You, the station contacted the Department Of Transportation. A spokesman easy to address the standing water condition the Department of Design and Construction has scheduled a future roadway reconstruction project that would include improvements to drainage in the area.
In the meantime, NY1 asked DOT how the more immediate concern of the uneven pavement will be addressed and the spokesman says the agency is looking into the matter.
NY1 will continue to follow this story.