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City Upgrades Forest Hills Sewers to Alleviate Flooding

By Nigel Chiwaya | August 30, 2012 1:35pm

FOREST HILLS — The days of flooding in Forest Hills might be over; at least, that's what the Department of Environmental Protection hopes.

The agency along with the Department of Design and Construction just finished $24 million in sewer line and water main repairs in Forest Hills, which has been plagued by flooding after storms this summer.

Heavy rain shut down the Grand Central Parkway on Aug. 1, and an Aug. 15 rainstorm inundated Austin Street at 71st Avenue.

“These new roadways, catch basins, and sewers will reduce flooding, improve water delivery, and yield a more attractive streetscape for the residents of Forest Hills,” said Eric MacFarlane, the DCC's Deputy Commissioner.

New sewer lines were installed at several locations throughout Forest Hills, including 110th Street between 62nd Drive and 64th Road, 62nd Drive between 112th Street and 108th Street and 112th Street between Horace Harding Expressway and 63rd Avenue.

In total, a mile of sewer lines and one half-mile of water mains were installed.