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Long Island avoids major storm flooding so far

Long Island was hit with a winter storm on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. But even though the area received less snow than had been predicted, flooding is still possible as the icy slush melts. (Credit: Newsday staff)

This story was reported by John Asbury, Khristopher J. Brooks, Jesse Coburn, Emily C. Dooley, Laura Figueroa, Mark Harrington, Deborah S. Morris, David Olson and David M. Schwartz.

Despite concerns that Tuesday’s winter storm would cause severe erosion and flooding, Long Island’s coastline appeared to avoid major damage — though officials were cautious about what high tides would bring overnight.

Minor flooding and some impassable roads were reported in Asharoken, Freeport, Glen Cove, Hempstead, Long Beach, Southampton and elsewhere. But nothing serious was reported.

“As was anticipated with a storm of this nature, minor coastal flooding has been observed in some limited low lying coastal areas on the South Shore of Long Island,” state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement.

State parks saw minor to moderate erosion from Jones Beach to Montauk Point but officials said they were most concerned about the effects of a second storm tide.

“We’ve seen some nor’easters where we’ve seen minor flooding and erosion and then the last high tide has taken a significant chunk out of the parks,” said George Gorman, New York State Parks deputy regional director for Long Island.

As of late Tuesday, no flooding had been reported in vulnerable areas during high tides, although officials said they could make better assessments Wednesday morning.

Four-wheel drive areas in Hither Hills, Napeague and Montauk Point in Montauk will remain closed to due to flooding. Heckscher State Park in East Islip saw major flooding because of rain, not snow, brought by the storm, he said.

Officials at Fire Island National Seashore said no flooding or erosion had been spotted on the barrier island national park.

Pockets of flooding had been seen across the region earlier in the day in the wake of the storm.

Asharoken Village officials shut down Asharoken Avenue at Bevin Road for about three hours Tuesday after water came over the sea wall.

In Long Beach, the city temporarily closed roads in the North Park neighborhood facing the bay and Park Avenue in the city’s West End.

Waves in Reynolds Channel were breaching coastal walls on the north bayfront, but no homeowners had reported any flooding. An icy slush filled the Canal streets, while waves lapped at the tidal walls.

Powerful wind gusts and battering surf inundated a jetty at Shinnecock Inlet and waves swirled around the staircases at Shoreham Village’s beach, appearing to cause minor damage.

On East Island in Glen Cove, streets in front of about 40 homes were impassable after high tide Tuesday afternoon brought a mix of water and slush.

“The driving wind attached to the high tides and the wave action really send it flying over the wall,” Glen Cove Deputy Police Chief Christopher Ortiz said near a sea wall that helps protect the homes there bordering Long Island Sound.


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