Storm brings on flooding
Sunday night’s tropical storm Philippe brought early-Monday morning flooding on the southern streets neighboring Patchogue Village’s shoreline. According to Patchogue Village mayor Paul Pontieri, the flood came in about 7:30 a.m. Monday at high tide, and despite massive flooding, there was little damage.
“A few fences were down at Shorefront Park, but not anything major,” he said, noting that fences would have to be put back up at the softball fields. Also, he said, National Grid visited the area looking to shut off gas lines, but thanks to the Patchogue Fire Department, that was averted.
Firemen from the Patchogue, Blue Point and Bayport fire departments coordinated with National Grid, allowing them to check on gas meters so that the gas grid south of Montauk Highway would not have to be shut down, said chief of the department Joe Arabia. Only about four or five houses on Smith Street were shut off, he said.
Patchogue Village Department of Public Works superintendent Joe Dean reported a few trees and branches down, but no significant power loss. He said at its deepest there was about 2 1/2 to 3 feet of water that made its way as far as Smith Street and as far as Leo Street on South Ocean Avenue.
Road closures began early Tuesday morning, he said. Closures included: Smith Street, South Ocean Avenue to Leo Street, Bay Avenue, Cedar Avenue up to Gilbert Street, and Laurel, Campbell, Patchogue, Beach and Brightwood streets, Pine Boulevard and Grove Avenue. Most of those roadways, he said, were impassable. Both Mascot Dock and Shorefront Park were also underwater.
“Most of the work was done Monday morning, removing trees and branches from roadways and clearing storm drains of debris so that the water has some place to go,” he said. “We estimate there will be localized flooding for a couple of days until all the water can find its way out.”
Arabia said his firemen made a few vehicle water rescues alongside the Bayport and Blue Point fire departments, which lent their high-water rescue trucks and teams.
“It was mostly people getting caught trying to get to work and routine checks. It just caught everyone off guard. The water came up within an hour at high tide,” he said.
A team of about 40 men, he said, started as early as 7 a.m. checking on homes affected by the flood and known elderly living in the area. Patchogue firemen worked through the night to clear all wires and roadways of tree debris.
Drift 82, a Brightwood Street restaurant that was just recently renovated earlier this year, flooded. Co-owner John Sarno said though a few inches of water made its way inside, the restaurant sustained no real damage. Cleanup crews were there drying up the place Monday.
“It was a little scary to see the roads closed and parking lot underwater,” he said. “But we opened the windows and luckily it was sunny and windy, which really helped with drying it out.” Sarno reopened the restaurant the following day, Tuesday, Oct. 31.
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