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Suffolk County officials tell News 12 St. George Drive in Shirley is a town-owned street.

Jon Dowding

Apr 5, 2024, 2:34 AM

Updated 45 days ago

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Shirley and Mastic Beach residents echo calls for better flood mitigation as streets flood following Wednesday’s storm
Neighbors on St. George Drive in Shirley say the Town of Brookhaven needs do something to keep their street and homes dry.
Sean Penn moved onto the block with his family in 2020. He says every time it rains, their street gets flooded to the point where it makes it hard to pass through.
"It turns into a lake,” said Penn. “[For] the kids, we have to drive around the block to the bus stop. The bus driver won't even come down. We won't get mail."
Christine Vansprundel has lived on the block for over 30 years. A tree fell on her car because the ground was so wet that the wind easily toppled the tree over. Between the tree falling on her car and constant flooding in her yard as well as in her crawl space, she says help is long overdue.
"We call. We spoke to Dan Panico. We speak to them when they do the town meetings. We're promised something is going to get done and nothing gets done,” she said. "You just get fed up with it. I called the town today 4 times and I got promised that they were coming to take care of it. And no."
Keith Roan, who lives further up the block, says the constant flooding isn’t fair to those living on the street.
"Something's got to be done," he said. "Talk is cheap. This right here needs work."
The situation was very similar not far away in Mastic Beach. Water still covered many of the roadways Thursday evening. A lot of the water seemed to be coming from the bay.
Gloria Miranda has lived in her home for over 20 years. She said the flooding problems became more constant and got worse after Superstorm Sandy.
As she looked at water covering the street in front of her home, Miranda tells News 12 she hopes someone is listening and can come up with a solution.
"A lot of the politicians are from this area,” she said. "They're local so they know what's happening. I just don't want to feel like we're forgotten."
Suffolk County officials tell News 12 St. George Drive in Shirley is a town-owned street.
News 12 reached out to the Town of Brookhaven for comment, but has not heard back yet.


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