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South Side homeowners may finally get relief from flooding: Your Stories

Thanks to the lingering rain, some neighbors on the South Side of Syracuse have a pond in their back yards. But after years of dealing with it, a solution may be on the horizon.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Thanks to the lingering rain, some neighbors on the South Side of Syracuse have a pond in their back yards.

Last year, NewsChannel 9 told you about four homeowners on Armstrong Avenue that have been dealing with some serious flooding for the past three years.

Now, a solution they’ll be happy with may be on the horizon.

Fred Arcadi never imagined he’d have pet ducks when he bought his home.

“I’ve lived here 25 years and for 22 years I didn’t have this water problem…we didn’t have this water problem,” Arcadi said.

Flooded yards and basements is a year round problem for the four home owners, who say illegal dumping is to blame.

A fill owned by the Garzone family is just beyond their backyards.

Last year, they called the city to help. Engineers came up with a solution to divert that water into the sewer system, but being an issue between private property owners, it would cost upwards of $20,000 – a price they’re unwilling to pay.

However, the fix they’re looking for could soon be on the way.

There is a third option. The mayor asked the county to look into whether or not the Save the Rain project could potentially be used to build a drainage basin behind the homes.

After getting permission from the Garzones to survey the land, it turns out it very well could be a feasible solution. However, it will all come down to whether the Garzones are willing to give up a piece of their property to make it happen.

The city will be talking with the Garzone’s lawyer about obtaining part of their property for the retention basin in the coming days.

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