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Flooding addressed in Carle Place, Mineola

Flooding on First Street makes the road hard

Flooding on First Street makes the road hard to navigate as heavy rain falls Thursday morning in Mineola. (Sept. 30, 2010) Credit: Howard Schnapp, 2010

A $2.4-million project to address flooding in the east end of Mineola and Carle Place will move forward, according to state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola).

Martins’ Democratic predecessor, Craig Johnson, had obtained a state grant for the project. But after Martins narrowly defeated Johnson in November, the State Senate Democratic majority in December canceled about $12 million in grants for that district — Nassau’s 7th Senate District — as well as Suffolk’s 3rd. This project was among them.

Martins said he has gotten the grant back and will distribute $800,000 each to North Hempstead, Nassau County and the Village of Mineola for the project. Mineola will use the funds to reconfigure a catch basin, and the county will build a bypass so water can go toward the catch basin instead of flowing to Bruce Terrace, one of the streets that floods during rainstorms. The town is scheduled to build a catch basin on the north side of Westbury Avenue near Glen Cove Road as well as clean out the catch basin on the south side of the avenue.

“This was a priority when I served as mayor of Mineola and it remains a priority,” Martins said, calling it “unfortunate” that the funds had been withdrawn.

Above, flooding on First Street makes the road hard to navigate as heavy rain falls last September in Mineola.

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