Officials Meet With Outraged Queens Residents Amid Massive Sewage Spill

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December 14, 2019 - 5:22 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – City officials were back in the area of a massive Queens sewage spill on Saturday, trying to help angry homeowners figure out how to apply for relief.

Among those homeowners was Randy Madden, who says it’s been a bad couple of weeks.

“I basically got flooded with sewer backup,” Madden said.

Madden’s home was among 74 homes in South Ozone Park that were affected. Dozens of workers are trying to fix the spill, which was caused by a broken pipe.

“It’s whatever you can think of that’ll get flushed in the toilet,” Madden said. “It’s feces, it’s urine, it’s vomit.”

Weeks later, the city is holding a session on how to get help, but it’s not all going that well. Anger spilled has spilled over between officials and residents.

“They were giving an appearance that they’re doing something, when they’re not,” one woman said.

“They’re playing games, they’re playing word games,” another resident said.

People were already angry, saying the online process for relief was poorly implemented to begin with.

City representatives were not made available for comment.