2012-06-15 / Letters

Contingency Worries

Dear Editor,

I was driving along Cronston Ave. early Monday evening when I noticed that there were flooded streets at every corner. I know it has been raining every day but realized it hadn’t rained that hard Monday. As I continued to drive from the westernmost portion of Cronston toward the east end, I realized that the extremely high tide I saw in the bay was actually coming up through the sewers, and that meant that none of the storm gates that prevent the bay from backing up onto the 4 block wide peninsula was working.

For those of us who have lived here long enough, we know that is a recipe for disaster. Given the recent hurricanes, anytime you have a high tide with a full moon and heavy rain our tiny peninsula is in danger of being completely flooded. One of the only things preventing that is the flood gates at the bay wall at the end of every block with a sewer run off. If there is nothing preventing the water from backing up, then there is no place for the rain water to go but in our homes.

Couple that with another recent phenomenon, that is, Verizon outages across the peninsula and think about what the combination of those two things might mean in a real emergency situation where cell waves are completely jammed.

I know there is substantial work being done on the bay wall, and that is a good thing, but I hope someone is thinking of the bigger picture here where a combination of outages – flood gates, phones services would be disastrous to those living on this tiny strip of land we all call home. Anybody working on these things?


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