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Oyster Bay Town to pay $22G in flood damage deal

Oyster Bay Town Hall on March 26, 2012.

Oyster Bay Town Hall on March 26, 2012. Credit: Nicole Bartoline

The Oyster Bay Town Board Monday approved the final payment in a more than $22,200 settlement with an Old Bethpage homeowner for damage to his home caused by water runoff from an adjacent town park during an April tropical storm.

After negotiating with the property owner, the town agreed Monday to pay Neil Weisbrod an additional $10,574 on top of a prior partial payment of $11,700.

The settlement covers damage when the tropical storm caused water to flow from Haypath Road Park, damaging Weisbrod’s East Park Drive home and pool. The additional payment covers damage not covered in the prior payment.

Weisbrod said after the meeting that there was a park behind his home when he moved in three decades ago. “But they reconfigured the park to build much better Little League Baseball fields and they regraded everything,” he said. “I’ve never had any water in my backyard, even though there’s a hill behind my house, until they regraded the park.”

He added that “they didn’t have good drainage in the park and the water came flying down the hill behind my house and got into my pool and got into my house and we had some flood damage. I lost everything in my den and I need new walls, carpeting and furniture. They agreed to reimburse me for my expenses.

“Everything went very smoothly,” Weisbrod said of his dealings with the town.

The town is self-insured for liability claims and the town board must approve any settlements in excess of $10,000.

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