NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Slightly rain could be a huge headache on Staten Island.
As CBS2’s Jessica Borg reported, residents of Bay Terrace stated they’re fearful that each time it rains, as a result of sewage backs up into their streets and houses. They usually say they don’t seem to be getting any assist from the town.
“It simply began slowing down,” Donato DiCamillo stated as he stood knee-deep in water in a video he recorded. “It was waist deep.”
DiCamillo recorded the video after final Friday’s temporary, however highly effective rainstorm. He was standing on the finish of his driveway on Justin Avenue within the Bay Terrace part of Staten Island — and he claimed water was not the one factor flooding the world.
“It’s uncooked sewage. That’s what we’re smelling,” he stated. “It’s arising on our property.”
He lives on the nook of busy Hylan Boulevard. Neighbors stated each time it rains closely, all the things backs up.
“Even when it’s a slight rain, you see that it puddles up after which after some time, it’s large,” stated Vincent Fischetti. “So it could possibly’t simply be the rainfall that’s all gathering down.”
“These sewers, they will’t take the quantity of rainfall that falls,” DiCamillo added.
DiCamillo stated prior to now, uncooked sewage has come up from the bathe drains, flooding his rest room flooring and has additionally coated the flooring within the basement. He stated he has wanted to do patch work on the sheetrock due to the injury.
He stated his lifelong report assortment has been additionally broken, and the fixed overflow has inflicting cracks within the concrete.
“That is all peeling and rotting,” he stated. “We’ve referred to as DEP, referred to as 311 I don’t know what number of occasions, however nothing appears to be accomplished. They appear to perhaps put a Band-Assist on the state of affairs, ship a number of guys out, dredge up some sludge out of the sewers — and subsequent rainfall, it occurs yet again.”
A metropolis consultant couldn’t affirm if prior complaints have been made, however informed CBS2 “an investigation will probably be carried out to attempt to decide the reason for any backups.”
Residents hope the issue is fastened earlier than the subsequent summer time rain.