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Queens residents fed up with repeated flooding: “How can I protect my family?”


NEWYORK — Some Queens residents are fed up with flooding during storms that not only flood the streets but also flood their homes.

Homeowners who live near Kissena Park went to a town hall on Thursday night to talk about those concerns.

Last year, Hurricane Ida showed its worst, but recent heavy rains have caused even more trouble.

One resident said: “I am drawing water from the surrounding property. My house has been flooded five times since Ida”.

A storm in September dumped more than 2 inches of rain in an hour and left streets in Queens under water.

“We want home to be a comfortable place where you can relax and not have to worry too much,” said New York State Senator John Liu. “There are too many families in this area who have to worry every time it rains. I mean, how do you live when it rains?”

One homeowner said the flooding was costing her family tens of thousands of dollars. She fears her policy could be canceled if she files a claim.

Jen Brazil said: “My house has been flooded many times. I’ve spent thousands, thousands of dollars fixing trash and damage, and it keeps happening.”

City Council members and Representative Grace Meng tried to reassure neighbors that solutions were under consideration, including additional funding from the federal government.

“We need better compensation, because it costs a lot more. And we get reimbursement that’s almost a slap in the face – $5,000 in some cases $30 repairs, 40, 50, up to tens of thousands of dollars. And we can’t accept that,” Meng said.

The congresswoman said the money after the search would be used to create better infrastructure to prevent ongoing flood problems.

“Republicans and Democrats, we brag about infrastructure money, but we want to make sure that we in Queens see that money. We’re reminding the city and the state, and all We have both written and spoken to the city and state that they are putting together programs to help communities address climate change and infrastructure that they must remember us in Queens , because we were disproportionately affected by Hurricane Ida,” Meng said.

During the meeting, we learned that legislation was being sought to see if the federal government could help homeowners make their properties more resilient to storms.

The city is also working to identify problem spots in the area to see where critical pieces of infrastructure are needed. That process is expected to take place in the coming days.

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