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Croton Blows It, Again: Flooding Swamps Train Station Parking Lot

November 6, 2007

Like a beaming first-time grandfather, village manager Rick Herbek rounded out last night’s whirlwind 45-minute board of trustees meeting with accolades galore over Croton’s hi-tech weather station mounted atop its DPW garage.

Flooding at the Croton-Harmon train station commuter parking lot on November 6, 2007.

The instrumentation includes a live webcam pointed directly at the flood-prone lot’s sections G and H. An imposing installation of meteorological instruments measures weather conditions and reports live weather data to a public village web page.

Fancy stuff, to be sure. In addition to contacting parking lot customers by e-mail, the village purchased a solar-powered roadside alert sign to warn commuters of potential upcoming bad weather conditions. Apparently village officers pay no attention to the impending disasters regularly signaled by its own weather equipment.

One might think that the village would operate an asset that generates more than $1 million in revenue like a business. Handsomely-paid village treasurer Abraham Zambrano, responsible for operations of this lot, should be able to prevent a repetition of past disasters. After all, the village charges customers a stiff premium for the doubtful privilege of parking there.

If you thought this, you thought wrong. You also may have had faith in Mayor Schmidt and his most recent solemn campaign promises to fix the problems at the train station parking lot this year. Again, sorry, you’re wrong on that count too. If this lot were run in such sloppy fashion by a private operator, the village would have closed it down long ago.

And so this morning, frustrated and rain-soaked commuters were forced to catch a later train after sloshing their way from remote and unanticipated parking spaces. The message could be clearly read on their faces: “Enough already.” Somewhere in the back of their minds they must have been thinking, “Screw this. When the lot expansion in Cortlandt is completed next year, I’m going to sign up for one of those new 800 dry parking spaces, and I’m outta this swamp!”


On November 7, 2007 7:23 AM, MGTD said:

Interesting to note that the webcam is not pointed towards the area that floods the worst which would be to the right of the current picture.

On November 6, 2007 5:09 PM, LSS said:

I’m not sure how this got by the parking lot gurus, but what a mess this morning, complete with one car submerged mid puddle.

Not only is does the parking lot flood, but the state of the asphalt is ridiculous. One day I am going to break an ankle tripping over the rocks and pebbles that constitute pavement. We pay a small fortune to park in that lot, one the routinely gets pricier, and there has no real improvement.

I can only hope when I return from work, I’ll find that I cleared the danger zone and won’t find my car afloat.


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