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Lindenhurst South Wellwood Avenue project to eliminate flooding gets $200G from state

Lindenhurst Village is getting some additional help from the state to help alleviate roadway flooding.

The village has received $200,000 in state Community Enhancement Facilities Assistance Program funds to elevate and improve drainage on part of South Wellwood Avenue. The village had previously received $400,000 from the state to do similar work on the southernmost part of Wellwood extending from the village's Charles J. Cowan Marina, said village Deputy Clerk Doug Madlon. The additional money will allow the village to extend that project north to Mound Street, Madlon said. The money, as with the previous funding, was secured by Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst).

Madlon said the village has wanted to elevate roadways in the area -- where flooding occurs with every high tide -- since before Tropical Storm Irene, but had not been able to find funding. The $200,000 allows officials to extend the project and address the intersection of South Wellwood Avenue and Spring Street. Alleviating flooding in this area is crucial, he said, as the intersection provides the only way out for residents living on Spring, Atlantic and Ocean streets, as well as Bayview Avenue East and part of Bayview Avenue West.

"It's critical we have that exit off of those streets," he said. "It's something we've been working on for a long time."

Madlon said the project is still in the design phase, but the preliminary plan is to raise the roadways 11/2 feet. He said work will likely start in the fall and continue in the spring.

The village has been exploring raising residential roads in areas flooded by Sandy, Madlon said, but there is currently no money available to fund such projects.

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