2011-03-04 / Letters

Thanks For Ending Floods

The following was sent to Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer.


Dear Audrey,

Years ago – decades ago! – our neighbors at the north end of Mott Avenue, at the gate to Bayswater Point State Park, complained bitterly about the curb-to-curb street flooding that occurred after every rain storm. Letters were written to the local newspaper, calls were made to the N.Y. State Office of Parks, and meetings were called among local officials and engineers to discuss remedial plans. Nothing happened, but the floods continued.

Finally, about two weeks ago, an announcement appeared in The Wave, anticipating the arrival of an interagency work pool to correct the situation. According to the article, you were the source of the information, and presumably the force behind that long-awaited accomplishment. Sure enough, the machines arrived on schedule; the work began and the digging continued through one of the deepest snow accumulations we ever witnessed.

Sewer grates and collecting basins were installed at the gate as well as piping to conduct water to a distant underground basin within the park. But would it work? A few days ago, my wife and I were returning from a shopping trip during a torrential downpour. Instead of driving directly to our house, we detoured to check the gate. We watched as torrents of water flowed downhill to the park, but instead of accumulating to create the usual lake, it gushed down the grating and was carried off to its new resting pace, far underground, where it will gradually disperse into the nearby woods.

Our neighbors and visitors have learned to smile again, knowing they will be able to visit the park without wading through several inches of muddy water. And they are grateful to you for your role in achieving the seemingly impossible. And so am I.

MAXWELL (MICKEY) COHEN

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