Sewer Overflow Claims

Department of Environmental Protection: In recent years, severe weather has underscored the limits of New York City’s sewer system. An analysis of sewer overflow claims from FY 2012 – 2013 reveals that certain neighborhoods are disproportionately affected by flooding. These include Community District 18 in Brooklyn (Bergen Beach, Canarsie, Flatlands, Georgetown, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Mill Island, and Paerdegat Basin), which accounted for 27 percent of all mappable claims, and Community District 2 in Staten Island (Mid Island). Concentration of claims in certain communities (and indeed, certain blocks) could give the Department of Environmental Protection important guidance about how to triage capital investment in sewer upgrades.