Fire official: Lack of pressure in Woodmere hydrants puts lives at risk

<p>Woodmere Fire Commissioner Judah Karkowsky says the lack of water pressure coming from nearly 20 fire hydrants is putting homes in danger.</p>

News 12 Staff

Aug 31, 2018, 9:51 PM

Updated 2,096 days ago

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Woodmere Fire Commissioner Judah Karkowsky says the lack of water pressure coming from nearly 20 fire hydrants is putting homes in danger.
The water comes from New York American Water, and Commissioner Karkowsky says it’s been a problem for months.
“It's certainly affecting 40 or 50 homes in the proximal area, and over 100 in the neighboring areas,” he told News 12.
He says fire crews would have to go to a fire hydrant further away to get the water they need if a home were on fire in that area.
“That one minute is one less minute of oxygen for that individual,” he says.
Resident Lenore Davis says with each day that goes by, it becomes more dangerous.
“There are 53 children on this block,” he says. “If any of these homes goes up in flames… it would be devastating if we didn't have proper working fire hydrants.”
Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D'Esposito says the 15-20 hydrants affected will be closed until American Water fixes the problem.
News 12 reached out to New York American Water for a comment, but it didn’t respond.


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