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Amid nor'easter, violent waves in Bayville

At high tide Wednesday evening, violent waves at least 5 feet high slammed into and over the seawall of Ransom Beach in Bayville, spilling salty water into the parking lot.

At the low-lying intersection of Fourth Street and First Avenue, a small pond more than a foot deep formed again Wednesday just as it did during superstorm Sandy.

The St. Gertrude Church parking lot, whose location toward the top of a Bayville hill makes it ideal for parking cars otherwise vulnerable to flooding, had about 50 vehicles in it Wednesday.

Many Bayville residents said their preparations for the nor'easter were simply an extension of those for last week's superstorm Sandy.
"We're still in storm mode," said Joe Florio, 57, owner of the Bayville Deli. His Bayville home, which had just regained power post-Sandy on Monday, again lost power for a couple hours Wednesday when winds blew down a transformer, he said.

"I'm not even thinking about this, because we still dealing with the last one," he said, adding he'd prefer a nor'easter.

"I'd rather deal with snow with a shovel than water with a pump," he said.

Sandy left 3 feet of water in his deli basement that was finally gone after a combination of pumping and leaving it to recede.

Village workers were preparing for the nor'easter as they would for any other storm or "tide event," Mayor Doug Watson said. Public works crews were at the ready and fuel was stocked, he said.

"A nor'easter during normal times wouldn't really have us worried, but we're taking precautions because we just had a hurricane," he said.

Watson on Wednesday afternoon checked the tides at a beach near his home, on the coastline in Centre Island and at a bayside spot and determined the high water brought on by the nor'easter wouldn't cause much damage.

Bayville resident Tom Plactere, 55, said the village will handle the storm without a problem.

"I'm not worried about this storm," he said. "We're tough here. We're from Long Island. We're from Bayville."

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