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Town of Islip renews mandatory evacuation order as nor'easter hits LI

A building inspector from the town of Islip

A building inspector from the town of Islip attaches a sign to a home in Atlantique, NY. (Nov. 3, 2012) Credit: Ed Betz

The Town of Islip has renewed a mandatory evacuation order for all category 1 hurricane flood zones and the Fire Island communities under its jurisdiction, officials said Wednesday afternoon.

The renewed evacuation is in effect until midnight on Nov. 12.

"We continued our evacuation of the category 1 hurricane flood zone as well as we extended the order on Fire Island to cover us through the nor’easter, which we’re now experiencing, because the low-lying areas that were devastated during Sandy particularly are vulnerable now, with high winds and water and very tenable infrastructure," said Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci.

Croci said there is expected to be a tide swell of three to five feet at tonight's high tide, and that all residents south of Montauk Highway and in Fire Island should evacuate now.

"In the particularly hard hit areas south of Montauk Highway where there is no power now and people are in their homes and relying on transportation in and out of those areas in their cars, they should be wary that there could be additonal flooding making it impossible for them to get those resources," he said.

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