Written by Gary Simeone Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00
The storm water drainage project that is currently underway in New Hyde Park on Allen and Brian Streets has been a long time coming for residents who live in the area. The project will help to alleviate a decade’s long flooding problem that has forced homeowners to reconstruct and rebuild their homes, North Hempstead officials say.
“The people of Allen and Brian streets shouldn’t have to fear rainy days anymore,” said Town Supervisor Judi Supervisor. “I am very pleased that the Town is able to start this much-needed drainage improvement project that will alleviate flooding in this neighborhood.”
The $293,000 project includes a new storm water drainage pipe and water main. Officials are also restoring a drainage trench on Allen Street. This project was included in the first year of the Town’s
Five Year Capital Plan that was recently approved by the town board.
“We had to rebuild our house after a particularly bad storm that occurred in 2010,” said Ali Asgar, who lives at 39 Allen St., with his wife and children. “The foundation on the right side of our house caved in and our home was not livable at the time.”
Asgar said after that storm, he petitioned both Nassau County and the Town of North Hempstead to fix the drainage problem.
“ I sent the county and the town multiple letters and attended Town meetings to let people know there was a major flooding problem in our area. It took them four years to start this work.”
Asgar said that he hopes the work, which is expected to be completed by the end of August, will end the flooding problems in the area.
“They had to do something because this area was all messed up.”
Julita Cheriyan, a long time New Hyde Park resident, who lives across the street from the Asgars, said that she appreciates the work that is being done to fix the drainage problem and hopes that everything is solved once the project is complete.
“Every time we had a major storm our basement would flood,” said Cheriyan. “I was always inside fixing it and it got so bad that we had to raise the outside side well to our basement because of the constant flooding.”
Town reps have cited factors such as drainage, valley like contours on street levels and a fast filling recharge basin as reasons for flooding in the area.
“Relieving these residents of the flooding issues here in New Hyde Park will improve their quality of life,” said town Councilman Peter Zuckerman. “I am glad that we were able to respond and get this project in motion.”