City officials have moved up construction of a storm sewer system on Staten Island.
Originally set to begin in 2022, officials pushed up the date to 2017 after seeing the damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy.
The project will cost $100 million and will create several miles of sewers in New Dorp and South Beach.
The areas were originally built without storm drains.
"These folks in New Dorp Beach and the people in South Beach should not have to live by the weather forecast," said City Councilman James Oddo of Staten Island.
"That's dynamite for us," said Joseph McAllister of the South Beach Civic Association. "It's a success for the area here, something that we've been long-awaited for."
"Sometimes, I can't get out because the water comes up to the step here," said Viola Cretella of New Dorp. "I'm 91 years old."
The Department of Design and Construction will do the work, which includes sewer upgrades and street widening.
The DEP says that the new catch basins will be able to handle most storms.