The Town of North Hempstead broke ground Thursday on the development of a recharge basin on land in Mineola, part of an intermunicipal plan to rid the community of its decades-old flooding problems.
For years, residents who have lived on downward-sloping streets near Bruce Terrace and other Mineola and Carle Place streets have complained of flooding after brief but intense rainfall — the result of living in a “valley,” Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss said.
State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) helped to secure a $2.4 million grant after he took office in 2011 that will fund the project and be split equally among Nassau County, the village and the Town of North Hempstead.
The town is to build the recharge basin, located on village land near the Old Motor Parkway, which is north of Westbury Avenue. The village recently began widening its own recharge basin, located behind the Wilson Park Pool. The plan is to enlarge it and split it into two distinct sections. The county, for its part, will install an interceptor underneath Sheridan Boulevard in Mineola to divert water from Bruce Terrace and other Carle Place streets.
Jon Kaiman, North Hempstead Town supervisor, said he expects the recharge basin to be completed by midyear.
“It seems we have a 100-year storm every year,” Martins said in an interview last month. “It’s important we increase the capacity in the area, and provide people who have literally been hit over and over again with some relief and assurances that things are getting better.”