Flooded Canarsie residents feel abandoned by the city

CANARSIE - Some residents in Canarsie say the record rainfall that Irene brought to the area caused raw sewage to back up into their homes and that it's not the first time this has happened.

Homeowners on East 84th Street say they have already taken photographs of their flooded basements, filled with water and raw sewage.  They say all it takes is a heavy rain and their basements flood.

However, residents say they had this problem before Irene hit and that they've been complaining to the Department of Environmental Protections about the sewage backup for years.

To make matters worse, residents say the city hasn't done anything about their flooded street.  They say they need a city crew to come and pump the water out or it will just sit there but no one has come to help.

Homeowners say they feel abandoned by the city and hope that another storm doesn't hit them before these problems are fixed.

News 12 Brooklyn reached out to the DEP but have not heard back from the agency.

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