Every time there's a heavy rain, this woman, who lives on the southbound side of the VFW Parkway, just past the West Roxbury Parkway, dons her boots and raincoat and goes out with a rake to try to keep the storm drain and "dry" catchbasin outside her house clear, to minimize the damage from flooding. She's been doing that a lot lately.
Her house sits in a small depression, which means water flows toward her from both directions on the parkway. Plus, the storm drain leads to a pipe she says goes uphill to the main storm sewer along the parkway. So whenever it rains, the road floods. Sometimes it's as much as 2 1/2 feet deep. Sometimes it flows into her basement. She's not a happy camper, but she says the city and state refused to do anything because it's really just her house that's affected.
Only it isn't. As we talk as today's torrential downpour was finishing up, somebody drives toward her lake. She waves her rake at the driver to get her to slow down. This driver gets through OK, but some people get stuck; she recalls one woman whose car stalled out, so she climbed out of her window onto her roof until the water receded.
Flooding, if not as bad, on the West Roxbury Parkway near Bellevue Hill:
Menacing clouds over Millennium Park: