Heavy rain poses severe flooding threat along LI roads, shores

The major storm hitting Long Island before the busy holiday travel weekend is raising serious flooding concerns along Long Island roadways and shorelines.

News 12 Staff

Dec 20, 2018, 11:22 PM

Updated 1,979 days ago

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The major storm hitting Long Island before the busy holiday travel weekend is raising serious flooding concerns along Long Island roadways and shorelines.
Jane Niederhausen, of Lindenhurst, removed the decorations from her front yard in preparation for the wet weather. While the latest storm is set to wallop all of Long Island, Niederhausen says there's no doubt it will put her street and yard underwater.
"It'll look like the Great South Bay," she says.
Resident Bob Anastasio has a method for when there's even the slightest bit of rain in the forecast. He says he moves his cars north of Montauk Highway, because if he doesn't, they'll be "destroyed."
Angela Hojnacki says her daughter missed several days of school because of flooding in Lindenhurst.
Village Mayor Michael Lavorata says they've discovered a number of metal pipes in the basins that are either missing or corroded and need to be repaired. He says they also plan on installing about 30 check valves throughout the village to keep water from backing up in the drains. He says that work won't be done for about six months.
"Hang in there," Lavorata says. "I know it's been tough."
Residents say drivers going down flooded streets can make matters worse by pushing the floodwaters into garages or other parts of their property.
The storm could produce a few inches of rainfall, with tides 2 to 3 feet above normal.


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