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Long Beach Branch service restored after flooding in Island Park, LIRR says

Heavy flooding near the LIRR track fire in

Heavy flooding near the LIRR track fire in Island Park on Saturday. Photo Credit: Todd Maisel

The LIRR has restored Long Beach Branch service in Island Park after flooding on the tracks Saturday, the railroad said.

Earlier, service had been suspended in both directions for about two hours after noon, the Long Island Rail Road said in service advisories. Buses had replaced trains on the branch. 

Also, a track fire caused by flooding was quickly extinguished near the station, a Long Island Rail Road spokesman said. 

Shortly before 2 p.m., Nassau County police and LIRR vehicles blocked Long Beach Road just north and south of the station as LIRR personnel inspected the tracks. Water filled the space between one set of tracks for about 150 feet.

LIRR workers had set up a portable pump to remove water from the tracks. An announcement over the loudspeaker told the empty station that the trains had stopped.

The flooding began about 10:30 a.m when the high tide came in, said an Island Park Village public works employee who declined to give his name.

Michael Longworth, 52, a business owner from Lido Beach, dropped his daughter off at the station about 2:30 p.m. She was the lone passenger getting on at the Island Park station when the train to Manhattan pulled in.

“This stuff, there’s not much you can do about it,” Longworth said. “Long Beach has been fighting the flooding for years ... every nor'easter, Island Park gets flooded.”

With John Asbury

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