Many Glendale residents will no longer face the severe flooding that they once experienced on their streets, thanks to the installation of several new catch basins throughout the community. Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley and the Department of Environmental Protection joined together to remedy the longstanding issue and provide a working solution.
Since 2007, Betty and John Iwanciw, of Glendale, dealt with persistent flooding in front of their home every time it rained. In cases of heavy rainfall, the couple experienced enough accumulated water to flood their basement and make the sidewalk in front of their home impassable. In one instance, over 3.5 inches of water rose up in front of their door on 69th St.
The solution to the Iwanciw’s problem was conceived through a great deal of creative planning and communication on the part of Council Member Crowley, the DEP and the constituents. In the spring of 2011, the DEP and the New York City Department of Design and Construction initiated a capital project to install the catch basins and alleviate the persistent flooding. Council Member Crowley took specific complaints from constituents, including the Iwanciws, and ensured that their residences would be contracted into the project.
The Iwanciws now have a brand new catch basin that effectively protects their home from flooding and makes their street functional in times of severe rainfall. The project will also include the installation of 35 other catch basins throughout Queens and the Bronx.
Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley stated: “Residents throughout New York City should not have to worry when it rains about their homes flooding. Unfortunately the Iwanciws had to suffer a great deal of frustration and I am pleased that, working with the DEP, my office was able to help.”