While Hurricane Joaquin turned eastward to avoid a direct hit on Long Island, some in Lindenhurst are dealing with flooded streets, days after rainstorms last week.
Water covered the corners of Walnut Place and Spruce Place off Granada Parkway Thursday afternoon, frustrating some residents about what seems to be a persistent issue.
"Every time it rains, the corner floods," said Anthony Delia, 51, who is renting another house on the block after superstorm Sandy destroyed his house on the corner of Walnut Place. "It doesn't even need to be a storm. This has been since May or June, and normally it's from high tides."StoryPSEG: Some LI customers still without powerStoryRemembering Sandy, preparing for JoaquinEditorialEditorial: Let Sandy's lessons prepare us for Joaquin
The National Weather Service says Lindenhurst had 1.5 to 2 inches of rain in the past week.
Delia says his house is being rebuilt, but when the corner floods it inundates his property and sometimes forces delays to the reconstruction.
"I've been to Town Hall many times and complained that it [the water] still wasn't going down," Delia said. "They take down my name and said 'maybe it needs bigger storm drains.' "
The town has sent vehicles with storm drain vacuums to clear the flooded areas, but that is expected to take a few days, Delia said.
Delia said other problems also result from the flooding.
"Because of standing water, mosquitoes in the area linger," Delia said. "There is also a school right here, and kids can't cross straight here."
Officials representing the Harding Avenue Elementary School said they've had no flooding issues that affected the building.
"We need new drainage; that's it in a nutshell," said another neighbor who lives on Walnut Place but preferred not to be named. "I've been living here for 58 years, and we never had a situation like this."
The Town of Babylon may have found the reason why flooding this year has been more persistent.
"We believe the issue is a possible collapsed pipe within the drainage system, most likely caused by the deluge of recent rain," said town spokesman Kevin Bonner.
"Because this is a protected wetland area, the town has submitted an emergency permit to . . . [the state] to allow us to perform repairs as soon as possible. In the meantime, the town will remain aggressive in keeping the surrounding storm drains cleared and has been on site removing water throughout the last two days."
Bonner said the situation was a "very high priority" for the town and is being "very aggressively addressed."