FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 15, 2014
MEDIA CONTACTS: Carole Trottere, Ryan Mulholland, Sam Marksheid, and Rebecca Cheng | (516) 869-7794
North Hempstead Completes Searingtown Pump Station Improvement Project
Purchased Using FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Councilman Peter Zuckerman and the Town Board are proud to announce that the Town has completed improvements to the existing pump station and made numerous drainage enhancements on Crescent Drive in Searingtown. The project, which was made possible through a grant received by the Town, alleviated a flooding problem that had existed for years.
“The severe flooding on Crescent Drive had become a safety concern to the residents who live here and hampered emergency vehicles when they tried to get through,” said Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “I know that the local community will see immediate benefits with the installation of this new pump station and that it will also enhance their quality of life.”
The request for improvements was submitted to the New York State Office of Emergency Management on December 16, 2011 under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The improvement project, which was located at the intersection of Crescent Drive and Woodville Lane in North Hempstead’s Hamlet of Searingtown, focused on upgrading the existing pump station.
“This new pump station should provide a much needed sense of relief for residents of this neighborhood,” said Councilman Zuckerman. “This project solves a major safety and quality of life issue, as emergency personnel are now assured of accessing these roads during a rainstorm.”
The scope of work included constructing new drainage structures along Crescent Drive and Woodville Lane, installing a new above ground control panel, replacing existing pumps with new and more powerful pumps to increase flow rate, putting in a new vortex unit to alleviate the amount of sediment entering the system, and installing a 60 KW gas generator to enable controls to continue operating the pump station during loss of utility power.
The improvements to the existing system were deemed necessary by the Town, since the streets would flood during heavy rainfall as the existing pump station had reached its useful life. Due to the outdated pump, residents along Woodville Lane and Crescent Drive were often inaccessible during flooding conditions. This project also increased system reliability with the installation of the gas generator and modern controls.
The new system cost approximately $770,000 to construct, while the entire project cost approximately $919,000. 75% of the cost was reimbursed by FEMA. For more information on this project, please call 311 or (516) 869-6311.
From left, Rob Fazio, Town of North Hempstead Public Works; Councilman Zuckerman; Supervisor Bosworth; and Paul DiMaria, Commissioner of Public Works.
In front of the new pump station, from left, Paul DiMaria, Commissioner, Town of North Hempstead Public Works; Councilman Zuckerman; Supervisor Bosworth; and Rob Fazio, Town of North Hempstead Public Works.