Residents Say City Turning Deaf Ear To Problem

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Imagine your street flooding every day.

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In Far Rockaway, Queens, water has been collecting in the streets for months. And as CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, the freezing temperatures are now turning the streets to ice.

One resident recently took a video of a car stuck in the water.

The pool of water, several inches deep, is believed to be overflow from the sewer and nearby Jamaica Bay.

“The water freezes up, so when I’m pulling out of the driveway, I’ve got to put the car in four-wheel drive because two wheels, the car just keeps spinning,” resident Charles Burkhead said.

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The sidewalks are also icing over, making walking dangerous.

When residents call 311 or local politicians, “they do not do anything, so the water just stays here,” Burkhead said.

Residents said that Monday they were told a city project set for 2015 to help rebuild the sewer system is now being put on hold.

“They’re treating us like we are nobody, like they don’t care about us. We’re paying taxes like everybody else,” said Orlando Arguera.

The city has not respond to a request for comment.

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