Water-logged communities see more flooding

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Flooding in Babylon. Photo by Rose Jablonski. Flooding in Babylon. Photo by Rose Jablonski.
Most residents moved their cars to higher ground before the entire street submerged. Most residents moved their cars to higher ground before the entire street submerged.
Surf Street and parts of South Wellwood Avenue saw more than a foot of floodwater. Surf Street and parts of South Wellwood Avenue saw more than a foot of floodwater.
Floodwaters remained in the streets of Lindenhurst two hours before low tide. Floodwaters remained in the streets of Lindenhurst two hours before low tide.
BABYLON -

Water-logged communities on the South Shore saw more flooding Wednesday as a second nor'easter battered Long Island in less than a week.

In Lindenhurst, high tide brought heavy flooding. Resident Lorrie Picciano, who News 12 found walking through the water in high boots, said she parked her car on higher ground.

"In the summertime, it's great down here," she said. "Times like this, not so much."

Surf Street and parts of South Wellwood Avenue saw more than a foot of floodwater. Driving conditions were so bad that Sandra Ceglia said her 12-year-old daughter's school bus couldn't make it down the block.

Residents said they'd seen similar flooding since last Thursday, just before the previous nor'easter arrived.

"This is getting really old, really fast," said Dan Ostroski of Lindenhurst. "We haven't been able to get out of this house since Thursday."

Pete Paolella reported similar circumstances.

"Can't get to work," he said. "I have to take sick days, vacation days."

Even on a good day there can be flooding during high tide, Paolella said.

Mitchell Avenue and Sheridan Road in Babylon saw extensive flooding as well. Pictures showed water up to the front doors of some homes even before high tide.

Katie Pisano, a local resident, said she's had flooding every day during high tide since last week. She's done her best to block off her garage door with tarps and sandbags.

"Water has come up to the garage or into the backyard," she said. "Once it's in there, it'll do so much damage."

Most residents moved their cars to higher ground before the entire street submerged.

Babylon Supervisor Richard Schaffer said the town would soon receive check valves and repaired bulkheads to help mitigate future flooding -- but even those measures aren't expected to prevent flooding altogether.

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