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Residents blast Islip board over flooding woes

There are 16 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 14, 2007, titled Residents blast Islip board over flooding woes. In it, Newsday reports that:

Frustration over near-constant flooding came to a head at Islip's Town Board meeting this week as residents of Holbrook and Ronkonkoma lashed out at the town.

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Brentwood

Elizabeth, NJ

#1 Jun 14, 2007
As usual, nothing is ever simple with this Town of Islip.
QUEEN

AOL

#3 Jun 14, 2007
HOW IS IT THAT THEY EXPECT TAXPAYERS TO REMEDY THEIR HOUSE PROBLEMS? GEE, MY GRASS IS DYING, THE TOWN BETTER RESPOND...
Rene in Suffolk

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Jun 14, 2007
QUEEN wrote:
HOW IS IT THAT THEY EXPECT TAXPAYERS TO REMEDY THEIR HOUSE PROBLEMS? GEE, MY GRASS IS DYING, THE TOWN BETTER RESPOND...
If this was your home you'd be screaming the loudest.
Brian

Bronx, NY

#5 Jun 14, 2007
If I lived that close to a body of water I would have flood insurance. I bet the people who aren't complaining have it. Too bad but they didn't prepare for what could have happened at any time and now they want the Town (us taxpayers) to bail them out. Sorry but these people are not very smart.
2ndAmendment

Huntington Station, NY

#6 Jun 14, 2007
Caveot Emptor
Spanky

Bronx, NY

#7 Jun 14, 2007
The Lake should have had an alarm in it. That's the answer to all of Long Island's problems.
Gregg in Denver

Denver, CO

#8 Jun 14, 2007
How is the town responsible for flooding?
Formerly from Islip Town

Brooklyn, NY

#9 Jun 14, 2007
I lived in West Islip most of my life (grew up there) but have since moved.
The street where I lived flooded all the time - halfway up into the driveway and front yard - to the point you couldn't get out with your car.
I used to get my crowbar from the garage and pop open the manhole cover to empty the water from the street, our driveway, and the surrounding neighbor's driveways and yards.
As it turns out, the Southwest Sewer District was good for something - THANKS!
Schemzey

Freehold, NJ

#10 Jun 14, 2007
If they would only donate a few sheckles to Phil Nolans campaign, I am sure he would take action!!!
get it straight

Peekskill, NY

#11 Jun 14, 2007
Brian wrote:
If I lived that close to a body of water I would have flood insurance. I bet the people who aren't complaining have it. Too bad but they didn't prepare for what could have happened at any time and now they want the Town (us taxpayers) to bail them out. Sorry but these people are not very smart.
Technically, you can't get flood insurance unless you are within a governmentally specified flood zone. Also, insurers are pulling out of state like NY at alarming rates. Allstate dropped us at random and we found nearly no other companies willing to insure hurricane areas like LI. I live in smithtown...nowhere near places that would flood from rising tides, but the water table issue here is ridiculous. I ask you this question.....who approves new construction and drainage plans for them? The TOWN. Who approves catch basin construction, or even worse...filling them in to build a new house or building? The TOWN. Who builds the road and runoff systems they need to ensure dirvers stay safe? The TOWN. So if the town approves all of this stuff, and that causes neighborhoods, homes, and roads to flood, who is responsible? The TOWN. Did you know local housing projects and shopping areas have drains running into Lake Ronkonkoma? So the level of the lake rises so the million dollar homes can be dry, and the middle class homeowners around the lake get screwed by a rising water table, saturated ground that cannot soak up any water, cesspools that are continually flooded, childrens bust stops that are flooded out when it rains, basements and crawl spaces filled with moisture and mold etc. etc. etc. The TOWN of Smithtown told me they would increase my taxes by $5,000 per year, for the next 20 years, to put in a sewer system, yet our problems started when the town engineers approved all of this new construction and drainage in the first place.
biff

AOL

#12 Jun 14, 2007
Brian wrote:
If I lived that close to a body of water I would have flood insurance. I bet the people who aren't complaining have it. Too bad but they didn't prepare for what could have happened at any time and now they want the Town (us taxpayers) to bail them out. Sorry but these people are not very smart.
your a moron, they are not close to water, holbrook is in the middle of the island. who is not very smart
Grunt

Newark, NJ

#13 Jun 14, 2007
They should put there houses on stilts.. Not the towns problem that there homes flood.. Buy your kid boots if the bus stop floods. Get yourself some big tires if you cant get your car car out of the driveway.. We live on an island surronded by water with high water tables. We have lakes and ponds and bays. The water levels rise when it rains. Raises even higher when it rains hard. Live next to a lake or pond or bay its a good chance you are going to see some flooding. Its nature at its best..
Interesting

Brooklyn, NY

#14 Jun 14, 2007
get it straight wrote:
<quoted text>
Technically, you can't get flood insurance unless you are within a governmentally specified flood zone. Also, insurers are pulling out of state like NY at alarming rates. Allstate dropped us at random and we found nearly no other companies willing to insure hurricane areas like LI. I live in smithtown...nowhere near places that would flood from rising tides, but the water table issue here is ridiculous. I ask you this question.....who approves new construction and drainage plans for them? The TOWN. Who approves catch basin construction, or even worse...filling them in to build a new house or building? The TOWN. Who builds the road and runoff systems they need to ensure dirvers stay safe? The TOWN. So if the town approves all of this stuff, and that causes neighborhoods, homes, and roads to flood, who is responsible? The TOWN. Did you know local housing projects and shopping areas have drains running into Lake Ronkonkoma? So the level of the lake rises so the million dollar homes can be dry, and the middle class homeowners around the lake get screwed by a rising water table, saturated ground that cannot soak up any water, cesspools that are continually flooded, childrens bust stops that are flooded out when it rains, basements and crawl spaces filled with moisture and mold etc. etc. etc. The TOWN of Smithtown told me they would increase my taxes by $5,000 per year, for the next 20 years, to put in a sewer system, yet our problems started when the town engineers approved all of this new construction and drainage in the first place.
So true!

New homes were going up behind us and the plan was to feed a drain pipe to the existing system on our street that (supposedly) dumped into the Great South Bay. Only the existing system failed all the time, constantly flooding our street whenever heavy rains fell.

So the residents of these brand-new homes enjoyed flood-free living because their water, through the joined piping to our existing (failed) system, flooded our street to even higher levels. It was ridiculous.

We fought with the town and explained this to them but they moved ahead with the plan anyway. To this day, whenever it rains heavily, our street is flooded and our neighbor's street behind us does not.
Gregg in Denver

Denver, CO

#15 Jun 14, 2007
get it straight wrote:
<quoted text>
Technically, you can't get flood insurance unless you are within a governmentally specified flood zone. Also, insurers are pulling out of state like NY at alarming rates. Allstate dropped us at random and we found nearly no other companies willing to insure hurricane areas like LI. I live in smithtown...nowhere near places that would flood from rising tides, but the water table issue here is ridiculous. I ask you this question.....who approves new construction and drainage plans for them? The TOWN. Who approves catch basin construction, or even worse...filling them in to build a new house or building? The TOWN. Who builds the road and runoff systems they need to ensure dirvers stay safe? The TOWN. So if the town approves all of this stuff, and that causes neighborhoods, homes, and roads to flood, who is responsible? The TOWN. Did you know local housing projects and shopping areas have drains running into Lake Ronkonkoma? So the level of the lake rises so the million dollar homes can be dry, and the middle class homeowners around the lake get screwed by a rising water table, saturated ground that cannot soak up any water, cesspools that are continually flooded, childrens bust stops that are flooded out when it rains, basements and crawl spaces filled with moisture and mold etc. etc. etc. The TOWN of Smithtown told me they would increase my taxes by $5,000 per year, for the next 20 years, to put in a sewer system, yet our problems started when the town engineers approved all of this new construction and drainage in the first place.
it's only a matter of time until a big hurricane hits LI. tHat is going to be a bad day, and every year I expect to see it. I remember Hurricane Gloria in '86 which was like a category 1 or 2 (not sure, I was kind of young) and the power was out for a week
Gregg in Denver

Denver, CO

#16 Jun 14, 2007
Grunt wrote:
They should put there houses on stilts.. Not the towns problem that there homes flood.. Buy your kid boots if the bus stop floods. Get yourself some big tires if you cant get your car car out of the driveway.. We live on an island surronded by water with high water tables. We have lakes and ponds and bays. The water levels rise when it rains. Raises even higher when it rains hard. Live next to a lake or pond or bay its a good chance you are going to see some flooding. Its nature at its best..
Well, now that I think about it if its caused by poor drainage of water after a rain, then yeah the homeowners may have a point.
carmen diaz

Garden City, NY

#17 Apr 14, 2010
I have been pumping water out of my basement since for over two weeks ago. I went away on vacation and received a call from relative saying my house was floode. I started pumping water 15 days ago today. I called the Islip town officials for info about what to do and water table info, I received no answer, there have been not enough communication about the over flood problem from the officials. I spoke to Rick Gimbler, Director of Emergency Management and he took my name down to sent to FEMA for possible help. What would happen if I do not call him onmy own? would they know my house was flooded? No one has taken time to call the constituents to discuss anything, shame on them. Your salaries come from us the home owners, I wonder if no ones care, Islip will eventually be a ghost town.

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