Ever since trees were taken down and areas cleared, Albert Avenue and Bellinger Street area residents have been dealing with severe flooding issues, and no apparent fix in sight.
In multiple letter to TLS, residents expressed frustration about the issue.
“After approximately 30 years of complaining about the drainage on Albert Avenue, it’s disheartening to see that still nothing has been done,” said one resident. “With all the new homes, schools etc going up, there is now nowhere for the water to go, but in the street. How long now till homes start flooding out.”
Another resident in 2017 wrote, “After calling and complaining and asking for something to be done for over 20+ years, Lakewood Public Works finally responded to the flooding problem on Albert Avenue. They put traffic cones up. That won’t really stop the flooding of the basement, or drain the water, or give it a place to go, or stop cars from braking down when they get soaked and stop running. But after 20+ years they did SOMETHING. Now if they could really just correct the problem, that would be great.”
In response, TLS has reached out to DPW Director Phil Roux.
The Director says the Department is aware of the issue, and has in fact placed sandbags along some of the properties as a temporary solution to prevent flooding.
The issue, says Roux, is that the water table is at its highest level in recent history, and there is no proper drainage in the area. To help with the drainage, says Roux, engineers have begun drilling tests as they seek to install a retention-type system underground. However, due to numerous water wells in the area, engineers have run into another issue – a 50-foot distancing requirement for wells. But the issue is being worked on.