Work that started last spring on a nearly $1 million drainage project to eliminate severe flooding problems on Crescent Drive in Albertson has been completed.
Nine homes sit in a low-lying stretch of Crescent Drive where it intersects with Woodville Lane -- an area that was consistently flooding, even with normal levels of rainfall.
Each time the flooding occurred, the Town of North Hempstead would mobilize town highway workers with an old fire engine and other equipment to manually pump out the water and restore access to the area. The flooding also caused electrical outages that shut down pumping stations, further hindering removal of the water.
Relief was finally in sight in 2012 when the town received nearly $700,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for the roughly $918,495 drainage project. The balance was paid by the town.
The project, completed Sept. 30, included an energy-efficient pumping station, larger pumps, an emergency natural gas generator and installation of additional drainage structures.
John Matteo, who has lived on Crescent Drive for 30 years, said his house has not been affected by the flooding because it is on a hill, but he said neighbors have complained of problems.
"From Searingtown Road the grade of the road has a slight pitch going downhill to the lowest point of the road, to Woodville Lane and Crescent Drive, so it really seems to pool up," Matteo said.
"I'm glad we were able to remedy the problem," Town Councilman Peter Zuckerman said. "The horrible flooding had become an extreme concern for the health, welfare and safety of residents in the area. Their ability to live there was hampered by the flooding."
"This will allow emergency vehicles to navigate through the neighborhood in the event of an emergency that would require first responders to be on the scene," Zuckerman said.