A dangerous section of Metropolitan Avenue between Cooper Avenue and 80th Street will finally receive a new storm sewer to alleviate flooding from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (D-30, Queens) announced.
For years, residents have noted that the area between St. Johns Cemetery created flooding conditions across all four lanes of traffic after moderate rainfall. The standing pools of water became a breeding ground for mosquitoes in the summer and created dangerous black ice conditions in the winter.
“For too long, even the slightest rain created dangerous flooding conditions on Metropolitan Avenue near St. John’s Cemetery,” said Council Member Elizabeth Crowley. “I’m pleased to have worked with DEP to remedy this nuisance for the community. Repairs like these are an investment in our neighborhoods that will improve the quality of life for residents for years to come.”
Council Member Crowley first wrote a letter to then DEP Commissioner Holloway requesting the department investigate the area in April 2010. After conducting a study, the DEP added the location to its capital project, and after persistent follow-ups, work began on March 5, 2012.