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Lawrence trustees eye water pumps to solve chronic flooding

The Village of Lawrence, incorporated in 1897, is

The Village of Lawrence, incorporated in 1897, is located in Nassau County on the South Shore of Long Island. It had a population of 6,483 in 2010, according to the United States Census Bureau. (April 17, 2012) Credit: Brittany Wait

The Village of Lawrence board of trustees is looking into purchasing two large water pumps, after complaints from some residents that chronic flooding dumps as much as three feet of water on their streets.

Mayor Martin Oliner explained during Thursday’s board meeting that the trustees would be willing to spend at least $80,000 for the two pumps in the hope they would help alleviate flooding problems in the Meadow Lane and Marbridge Road area. Village officials are obtaining quotes from various pump companies, he said.

“There are too many streets that are flooded to allow this to continue,” Oliner said.

A formal study will not be conducted because it would cost “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Oliner said.

He added that officials hope the flooding caused by heavy rains can be resolved by the installation of the pumps, which would require approval from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The pumps would send water to the first hole of the village’s golf course, where there is 60-inch pipe that leads out to Banister Creek.

“I can’t tell you for sure it is going to work,” Oliner said to a resident at the meeting who claimed he had five cars totaled during various flooding episodes.

The board also passed, 4-0, an amendment to village code that would ban construction in the village on Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays. The approved law is being refined by the village attorney, village administrator David E. Smollett said on Friday. Violators could face up to $1,000 in fines, he said.

“The focus is more on quiet,” said Oliner, adding the board wanted to reduce noise and disturbance from construction areas. “We tried to walk a fine line.”

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