EXCLUSIVE: Residents Say Properties Sinking Into The Ground In Seaford

April 19, 2019 - 1:21 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Dozens of Long Island residents say their properties are sinking into the ground.

On Marilyn Drive and Bowers Drive in Seaford, resident after resident has a story about their home's descent.

Mary Cohen came out to find a sinking driveway.

She said, “I went to pull into my driveway and didn't because I saw a gigantic hole on my walkway that was large enough that you could've buried someone in. It's been sinking ever since. We've had it fixed numerous times.”

Elma Hasi, 75, spent $20,000 building a detached garage that’s sunk, “a foot, maybe over a foot.”

She says she's stressed out, and doesn't know where to turn, or who to ask about the problem. "It's very disappointing, I'm all stressed out about it," Hasi said. 

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Claire Storm's detached garage collapsed and pavers in her backyard that she spent $20,000 to install were destroyed.

Madelyn Macaluso, 86, said she and her husband, 88-year-old Patrick, had spent thousands trying to fix their sinking garage without success.

"Not much we can do because it's the whole area. It's upsetting," Macaluso said. "It's a big problem. I put a lot of time, a lot of effort into it."

Sinking pavement in Seaford
Sophia Hall

A geologist and environmentalist both believe that most likely flowing water under the ground is causing the sinking structures, WCBS 880's Sophia Hall reported.

The environmentalist said she has never heard of this happening on Long Island before.

The Long Island-based geologist with the United States Geological Survey said they will investigate.

The Town of Hempstead and Nassau County have both denied responsibility.

The Town of Hempstead said in a statement, "The Town's engineering department conducted a study of the area, which determined that the Town's underground infrastructure, including pipes and nearby storm drains, is not the cause of the problem. While the Town understands and sympathizes with our residents, our engineering department has recommended that a private engineer be hired in order to inspect other possible geological or natural issues not relating to the Town's underground infrastructure."

Nassau County told WCBS 880, "The streets and structures are not under Nassau County's jurisdiction."