Lindenhurst seeks funds for flood control plan

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The village of Lindenhurst is seeking close to $6 million in federal funds for flood control.

For residents Darlene Fantel and her husband Robert, every day has been a struggle since Superstorm Sandy hit almost five years ago. Part of their home remains unfinished, and the couple says that street flooding from rain or high tide has also been a major issue that has become worse since Sandy.

Village officials are trying to secure $5.8 million in federal aid for infrastructure projects meant to cut down on flooding, including raising the level of streets and improving storm drains.

"That's the protection between us and Mother Nature," says Mayor Mike Lavorata. "So I think it's important to do it."

The plan would also involve installing shrubs on the shoreline to prevent erosion and flooding from the bay. And while the Fantels say they're concerned that elevating a few streets could but neighbors at risk, they say the work desperately needs to be done before another big storm hits.

Lavorata says he hopes to break ground on some of the projects by next spring.

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