Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Flooding

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected]


Dear Mr. Mayor,

Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of all Lakewood.

There are 3 areas in North Lakewood that get major floods in the summer when there are big and long lasting downpours. (Water could come up to your waist)

Squankum Rd and Eleventh St

Lawrence Ave. and Tenth St. until East Ninth St.

Squankum and Whispering Pines Ln. (North/2nd entrance when coming from Wawa)

My car was in a flood last summer, in one of these areas and I had to total it, and buy a new one with the help of insurance money.

Being that these are residential areas and people leave their cars parked on the street all the time, is there anything that could be done to get this fixed?

Thank you for your help on this matter.


Response from Mayor Coles:

I have engineering looking into all these areas now.

Thanks for letting me know about it.


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  1. This is a clear ramifications of overbuilding without proper infrastructure and over site. The same issue is on Albert and many other areas in South Lakewood too. When you cut down trees and grassy areas that absorb water, this is an obvious result.

  2. What a lame response. These areas have had flooding problems for years. Where has Cole been all these years? Development without considering infrastructure seems to be common in Lkwd. Don’t expect a solution anytime soon.

  3. I am wondering if maybe somehow things fell into the sewer drains on the street.
    logs, branches, bottles, tons of leaves, bricks, broken pieces of wood, large cement pieces from the curb

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