Reeb said after most storms, the McKownville Fire Department often pumps three to four dozen basements. Sometimes the pumps need to be run 24 hours a day in order to mitigate the water problems.
Reeb also said the problem is getting worse, not better. A national geological testing facility located on the edge of McKownville behind Alumni House at the University at Albany indicated that water levels have risen in recent years, he said. According to the United States Geological Survey, well water has risen approximately 5 feet since August 2002.
He said the University at Albany and the university's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering have also paved several areas of land, and that, coupled with the Nanoscale college draining water to the south, rather than north into Patroon Creek, have contributed to the problem.
He said he asked Runion to apply for federal stimulus money to fix the sewer pipes and improve the water system.
He said another possibility to secure funding for a new sewer system would be for the town to issue a bond. However, in order to do so, the five-member board would need a four-vote supermajority. Reeb indicated he is not optimistic about a getting a supermajority considering a tax raise would come with the bond.
Reeb said the major concern he and other McKownville residents have is the long-term damage that stormwater brings.
"I know there are more important things than storm sewers" but if the flooding problem gets much worse, it will depress home prices and then people will be 'trapped' in their homes " unable to sell them at the expected price " and then the neighborhood becomes a different type of place," he wrote in an e-mail to residents. ""