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Albertson street gets stormwater fixes

A street in Albertson where rain has often pooled, blocking in nine properties, may finally see relief.

A Town of North Hempstead plan calls for nearly $1 million in drainage improvements. Among them are a new pump-out system, catch basins and a powerful, permanent generator.

For years, water would pool up in a cul-de-sac on Woodville Lane, overflowing to where the road meets Crescent Drive, said Paul DiMaria, town public works commissioner. The flooding brought electrical outages, shutting down the pump stations and hindering the water's removal.

The generator will resolve that issue, DiMaria said.

"If you lost power, you couldn't pump out the street," he said.

What has made coping with the flooding difficult, DiMaria said, is the road's layout.

"Most stormwater work is all gravity; this is a rare system," he said. "The dead end, that was the low point in the neighborhood where the water would all collect. It couldn't pump out."

The town authorized construction plans in 2011 and 2012. Recently, the town received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which allows the purchase of a permanent generator, rather than a portable one, officials said.

The replacement is a modernized, more energy-efficient pump station, officials said.

The plan involves cost sharing, with the federal government covering nearly $700,000 of the project, and the town roughly $230,000.

The updated plan must be approved by the town board.

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