About a foot of water is in the basement of Lorenzo Brown’s house on Midler Avenue in Eastwood.
“The floor needs to be completely removed, completely removed,” Brown said. “I don’t know how long that will take, but that in itself is an inconvenience.”
Unfortunately, it is not the first time that he has this problem. His basement has flooded three times in the past five years.
“We need to get rid of pictures that were in boxes,” Brown said. “It’s an emotional toll, but my biggest emotion is why.”
He’s not alone. Neighbors have been complaining about flooding for years.
In August 2019, Brown and other Eastwood residents attended a public meeting to discuss issues with the city’s sewage system.
City engineers said they were seeking funding to fix the problem, but nothing has been done.
“We don’t know of anyone who has had this problem and their area has been fixed,” said Eastwood resident Pauline Tucci. “My neighbor, on the other hand, had her sewer leak three or four times in a year. They said if it happens again they will have to dig out and get into the pipes underground.
A bill from the last plumber Brown hired for the flood service states that the pipes outside his house are clay tile with some offsets, meaning the pipes are misaligned.
“I was never told or warned about water problems,” Brown said. “Otherwise I wouldn’t have bought the house. So is it Loranzo’s problem, or is it a Syracuse Water Department problem? I just want answers to the question of why I pay plumbers all the time.”
He believes the city’s old sewage system is the culprit and hopes to see improvements in the future. Until then, he’s sure his basement will flood again, he just doesn’t know when.
Spectrum news 1 has contacted the city of Syracuse regarding this matter and received no response.