2003-03-08 / Community

West End Residents Call DOS ‘Heroes’

West End Residents Call DOS 'Heroes'

Faced with a snowstorm of epic proportions on top of a sewer project that had already destroyed the quality of life for residents of Beach 138, 139 and 140 Street nearby Cronston Avenue, local resident Barbara Tarus looked to the Department of Sanitation for an assist.

"We had been in a continual state of panic because the Department of Design and Construction removed our floodgates and left us at the mercy of the tids," Tarus told The Wave. "With the terrible rains predicted, compounded with all or our catch basins covered by snow, it was inevitable that we would be flooded once again."

Tarus called Joe O'Hare at the local Department of Sanitation garage. O'Hare put her in touch with his boss, Gary Falconer.

Falconer immediately got a team to the site, according to Tarus.

"Within 40 minutes, he was on the scene with snow plows, backloaders, and trucks to remove the snow from the catch basins," she says. "Basically, they helped us dodge a bullet."

Tarus and her neighbors want to thank the two men and all of the others who worked so hard under difficult conditions to save them from a terrible flood, a flood that they believed was inevitable under the conditions.

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