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Flooding Has Hastings Residents Up in Arms

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Sam Feldman and a group of Circle St. residents attended the Hastings Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday night to voice their concerns over consistent flooding in their neighborhood.

“It’s a problem that’s existed since the day I moved in in 1998,” said Feldman, who handed out flyers to get his neighbors to join him at Tuesday’s meeting.

Several Circle St. residents shared their stories of water pouring through the street and onto their properties during rain storms.  Deteriorated sidewalks and overflowing catch basins have created excess flooding in the area.

The village has placed sandbags along the street to help alleviate the problem and also opened up a grate towards the bottom of the street to collect more water.

“It looks like a third world country out there with sandbags in front of three or four houses and safety cones,” said Nancy Balaban, who said she has lived in Hastings for the past 50 years.  “It’s a beautiful street and it’s upsetting to me.”

Hastings village manager Francis Frobel said the extreme amounts of rain this year have made problems worse.

“Thus far, Hastings has received 53.5 inches of rain and our average is 45 inches of rain,” he said.  “What concerns us is October is typically one of our heaviest months.”

At the board meeting Frobel said the sandbags on Circle St. will be removed Monday and the village will begin a project to construct an eight inch curb in its place to help deter water spillover into residents’ yards.

Mayor Peter Swiderski said he was unsure if this would ultimately solve the problem, but he said the village will be monitoring it closely.

“Is this the new normal? I don’t know,” he said.  “It may be that our planning has to be more aggressive.”

Regardless of the short term outcome, residents are just pleased that action will be taken to help alleviate the issue.

“If it took us coming here to get something done it was worth it,” Feldman said.

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