Crews clear out drains ahead of potential flooding from Ida's remnants
Preparations were taken across Long Island as communities braced for heavy rains and winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
"We're just trying to stay a little bit ahead of it as much as we can," said Huntington Highway Superintendent Kevin Orelli, who added that preparation is key, especially considering the ground is already saturated from Henri's remnants.
A crew in Huntington Station worked to clear out a recharge basin at Thorney Avenue and East 23rd Street.
"The problem is our systems are designed for, mostly, for 2 inches of rainfall. So whenever we have anything above 2 inches, we're subject to flooding, and there's not a lot that we can do about that, other than try to make everything work as efficiently as we can," Orelli said.
In Sayville, crews from the Department of Public Works cleaned storm drains on Browns River Road to prevent, or at least alleviate, local street flooding.
"They're vacuuming out the drains, but when that water starts coming off the bay, all the vacuuming in the world isn't going to make a difference," explains Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter. "It's going to flood, and we'll get in there and pump it out as best we can. We've got the tanker trucks that they'll dump that water into and take it into an area where it is appropriate for us to dispose of it and then will come back and do it again."
Meantime, PSEG Long Island's Emergency Preparedness manager Larry Torres said that he is expecting outages but hopes that the numbers will be minimal.
"We're prepared to work 16-hour days, beginning tonight throughout the evening and we have our contractors that are currently on the property on Long Island on standby ready to respond in a minute's notice," Torres said.
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