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Homeowners in Great Neck seek answers to flooding issues

They came to a village board meeting Tuesday to see the results of a study done by an engineering firm hired by the village to see how their flooding issues can be resolved.

News 12 Staff

Sep 20, 2022, 10:33 PM

Updated 665 days ago

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Great Neck homeowners are furious over what they say is constant and repeated flooding of their homes.
They came to a village board meeting Tuesday to see the results of a study done by an engineering firm hired by the village to see how their flooding issues can be resolved.
Many of them had to clean up their homes when an overnight storm dumped about three inches of rain and led to flooding in their home. Some of those same houses had about four feet of rain in 2021 from Hurricane Ida.
"We flooded constantly with any little bit of rain, my car was totaled in Ida in our garage," says Cathy, who lives on E. Shore Road. "We had several inches of water recently..."
According to the results of the study, the drainage pipes in parts of the village that repeatedly flood are too small.
One recommendation made by H2M Engineering was to make the pipes bigger, but Matt Mohlin says that it is not going to solve the problem.
He says another recommendation is to raise the houses because some homes sit low.
"That's really the biggest fail-safe - is to elevate the homes above an elevation that's going to flood," Mohlin says.
Raising the homes could cost upwards of $250,000.
Great Neck Mayor Pedram Bral, MD, says the village does not have the resources to support that so the next step will be to reach out beyond the North Shore borders for help from the county, state and federal government.
He says the goal is to find permanent solutions and not just a "band aid solution."


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