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Lifelong Freeport resident: 'Storms part of deal'

Streets, homes and businesses in Freeport along the

Streets, homes and businesses in Freeport along the Nautical Mile flood during Tropical Storm Irene. (Aug. 28, 2011) Photo Credit: Chris Ware

On Fourth Street, where boats are docked in backyards along the Hudson Canal, homeowners said things like Tropical Storm Irene come with the territory.

Grace Remsen watched Sunday as her children, grandchildren and their friends helped pump out her basement, which had filled with five feet of water.

As she spoke, a group of young men in a pickup tried to speed through the deep saltwater settled in the street. The wake ran back up Remsen’s driveway.

“We’re used to this kind of nonsense,” said the Freeport resident of 51 years.

Two weeks prior, heavy rains had also flooded Remsen’s basement. Before that, it was Hurricane Gloria in 1985.

“You live on the water, this is what you get,” she said. “Nobody got hurt and that’s the bottom line.”

Photo: Streets, homes and businesses in Freeport along the Nautical Mile flood  Sunday during Tropical Storm Irene. (Aug. 28, 2011)

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