2008-06-06 / Top Stories

Smith Applauds Flood Mitigation Taskforce

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith applauded the New York City Flood Mitigation Taskforce and its goal to help prepare residents for the upcoming flood season. The taskforce was established last year after a series of storms and flooding battered areas of Queens and Brooklyn.

"Southeast Queens residents continue to voice their concern over continuous flooding which resulted in property damage and posed a serious threat to their health," said Senator Smith. "The taskforce in the past year has helped educate residents on how to prepare for the upcoming flood season as well as better prepare our city infrastructure to handle intense flooding."

In 2007, the taskforce created a series of short-term and long-term strategies to combat flooding, including cleaning catch basins and sewers, planting trees in specific areas to help maximize storm water retentions, and building new and larger sewers to improve drainage.

The taskforce will also conduct flooding preparedness outreach at community presentations over the coming year, and has announced the publication of Ready New York Flooding, a brochure to help educate residents on flood protection and recovery. The brochure will be available to all members of the community and will be translated in different languages.

For a free copy, call Senator Smith's district office at 718-528- 4290.

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