Sewage Floods Queens Homes Through Bathtubs, Sinks During Heavy Rains

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    Sewage is backing up into homes along a Queens block every time there is heavy rain, gurgling into basements from tubs, sinks and toilets, residents say. Michael George reports. (Published Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014)

    Sewage is backing up into homes along a Queens block every time there is heavy rain, gurgling into basements from tubs, sinks and toilets, residents say.
    "It's a nightmare to live like this," said Nicole Johnson, a resident on 207th Street between Hollis and 109th avenues in Queens Village.

    The New York City Department of Environmental Protection says the problem, which began about two months ago, was caused by a repair project the city was doing in the area to reduce street flooding.
    Residents say they have had to live with the terrible odor and severe damage to their homes, which has cost thousands to clean up.
    "A lot of sewage just coming up from the toilet and just going all over the floors -- it was just disgusting," said another resident, Devon Mackins.
    And with more rain headed toward the tri-state Wednesday evening, they're worried about it happening all over again.
    But officials say they have identified the issue and don't believe there will be any more sewage backups.