After a deluge in 2010, Quincy launched $10 million in flood-control projects around the city. Some residents say they haven’t noticed any improvement, and that flooding may have gotten worse in certain spots. Even some city officials are growing impatient about the pace of the projects.
City engineers are urging patience, and their supporters say they’ve either seen some progress already or are willing to withhold judgment until every pipe, pump, and flood gate is in place.
Pictured: Flooding in a parking lot at Quincy High School Next
Russell Park resident Chris Chetwynd has railed against the city’s flood-control efforts for some time, with complaints ranging from flooding at the Faxon Fieldtrack to what he sees as wasteful spending on more than $10 million in flood-relief projects. He wasn't surprised when he saw water rising in his neighborhood during a downpour in May, so he decided to take photographs and post them on Facebook with the hope that they’d make others as angry as he.
Pictured: Residents complain the Faxon Field track, which is not part of Quincy’s flood-control project, still floods during storms. Next
In 2011, the city responded with a $10 million appropriation for flood relief through the city’s $25.4 million Capital Improvement Plan.
Two years into the process, consultant Joseph Shea said, people can already see some improvement and will see even more by next year.
Overall, there are 17 flood projects in the capital plan. Many are only partially complete. Others are waiting for additional federal funding, and several are still in the permitting or construction phase. Next
Near the new Quincy High School, the Broad Street Tide Gate has been replaced, along with several drainage pipes in the area, but nearby residents are giving Quincy’s flood-control efforts mixed reviews. Millions has been spent over the last two years to fix the problem and investigate if it's gotten any better and what work has been completed.
Pictured: Broad Street Tide Gate. Next
Some Quincy residents like Alrick Road resident Russell Robbs said they have seen a difference from the anit-flooding measures, but others like John Norwood of Edgewood Circle said recent storms have shown that flooding is just as bad as before. As recently as last week, his street was under water yet again.
The rain likely isn’t going anywhere either. According to a 2012 Environment America Research & Policy Center analysis, New England has seen more extreme weather events — both the intensity and duration of storms — than any part of the country over the past 60 years.
Pictured: Flooding at the Faxon Field track. Shea said the track, which is not part of the Capital Improvement Plan, was working as it should, and retained the storm water until the pipes could handle it. Back to the beginning
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