Sewer Floods In Queens

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Comptroller: Queens Home To Most Sewer Floods In The City
August 19, 2007

The city comptroller’s office says Queens – which is already known for flooding when rainy weather hits – is now also home to the most sewer floods in the city.

The comptroller's office says the borough received 1,089 claims for damage caused by the sewer system overflowing from July 1998 to June 2007.

So far, only 297 of the claims have been settled for a total of $1.3 million.

Queens has more than twice the claims of any other borough. Staten Island comes in second with 536 claims. Brooklyn had 485; the Bronx had 416 and Manhattan had 193.

The city's Department of Environmental protection says the sewers of Queens are still trying to keep up with the borough's rapid development.

In the last five years, almost $1 billion has been spent on sewer improvements citywide and approximately $250 million per year will be spent over the next ten years on city sewer systems.