Pol calls for investigation into Cooper flooding
by Shane Miller
Aug 22, 2012 | 1210 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is calling for an investigation into the severe flooding on Cooper Avenue that nearly killed three people who were trapped in a car while the water rose.

Crowley sent a letter to the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Design and Construction calling on an investigation into whether ongoing construction at the underpass between 74th and 79th streets had something to do with the dangerous flooding.

The city is currently installing new catch basins in the area to deal with the flooding, but Crowley said the situation has never been as bad as it was when an afternoon storm hit the city on August 15.

“In my four years in office, even after a hurricane and a microburst, our community has not witnessed this type of extensive flooding,” said Crowley.

A few years ago, the city installed a pump that was supposed to remove water from the underpass in the event of heavy rains.

“We need to determine whether the Construction at the underpass directly led to the failure of the pumping station,” said Crowley.

However, a DEP spokesperson said on Tuesday that the pump at the site was functioning properly, but that it was overwhelmed by the amount of water.

On the afternoon of August 15, a nun and two passengers became trapped on Cooper Avenue as their car quickly became submerged in the water. Some quick-thinking EMTs were able to pull the trio from the car before they drowned.

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