NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The words “pumps” and “pipes” are popular ones around the Morris Cove area in New Haven. There are pumps in high demand to prevent flooding in one section and down the street the complaint is old sewer pipes.
For decades, Egisto Filipelli continually ends up outside cleaning off his sewer either before or after a heavy downpour.
“The guy cleaning the sewers says to me all the pipes are old He says they are all plugged up,” he said.
Filepelli told News 8 he gets concerned every time he hears severe weather is on the way. When it rains heavily he says, “you can go up the street in a canoe.”
Phil Carrano has been dealing with the same problem.
“In the past, I’ve gotten four feet of water in the basement,” said Carrano.
He says when there are pumps out, the problem is minimal. Earlier Tuesday, only two of the four were placed in the area.
“It’s running out of gas and saying, ‘Hey. I need gas now.’ It doesn’t make any sense,” said Carrano.
News 8 placed some calls to the Department of Public Works and the City of New Haven. The city says it’s the fire department is in charge of putting the pumps in place. While in the area, two hours later, a third pump was installed. But, the city confirmed there’s a fourth one and Carrano says it’s much needed.
“We need it on the street beforehand,” he said.
City officials say the fire chief was in this area monitoring the situation during the heavy rain. As for the issue with old sewer pipes causing problem, the DPW has not returned our calls.