PARK SLOPE, NY (PIX11)—Fourth Avenue in Park Slope turns into a river went there's a hard rain, flooding small businesses, submerging streets and inconveniencing residents.
The City says it's stepping up in 2013. "Hopefully I'm still around then," said long-time resident of the Carroll Street, Nancy Barrucco.
Video and pictures on the Root Hill Cafe Facebook pages show just how dire the situation is. "Mayor Bloomberg says small businesses are the backbone of the City, so why are they not supporting us?" complained Michelle Giancola, Co-owner of the Root Hill Cafe.
A major overhaul needs to be made to the area's sewer infrastructure.
The Department of Environmental Protection tells PIX11 News, "We are aware of persistent flooding issues...to help address them, DEP has planned a $9.4 million project to install high level storm sewers in the area along 3rd and 4th Avenue between Carroll Street and Douglass Street in Brooklyn. The project is expected to start in FY2013."
"This is ridiculous. If I lived on Park Avenue, this problem would be fixed already," yelled Barrucco, outside Sal's Candy Store, a small business ravaged by flood waters.