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L.B. Escapes Storm Beach Erosion, W. Park Ave. Flooded

Grand Boulevard boardwalk on Friday, after a snowstorm that dropped 7.7 inches of the white stuff. (Photo: Joseph Kellard)
Grand Boulevard boardwalk on Friday, after a snowstorm that dropped 7.7 inches of the white stuff. (Photo: Joseph Kellard)

This story was corrected and updated at 2:33 p.m. 1.6.14.

While 2014’s first snowfall eroded some beaches east of the Long Beach barrier island, including Fire Island, the city’s beaches escaped any such erosion from the high waves and tides during last Thursday-Friday’s storm.

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In Long Beach, ocean waves reached within 20 feet of the boardwalk, which was damaged heavily during Hurricane Sandy and rebuilt to be more storm-resistant,  

and flooding was “very minor” in the West End and the Canals, two neighborhoods hit hardest during the hurricane in October 2012, City Manager Jack Schnirman told Newsday

But as a tide rolled in several inches of water flooded an area along West Park Avenue on Friday, Schirman said, and bulkheads along Reynolds Channel were breached during the storm, some residents told the Long Beach Herald.

Long Beach was blanketed with 7.7 inches of snow during the storm, though at least one resident, Peter Gillespie, told Patch that he measured 11 inches in his neighborhood. The city declared a snow emergency at 5 p.m.Thursday that remained in effect until noon Saturday, so that Department of Public Works crews could plow the streets as thoroughly as possible. 

When asked on Patch’s Facebook page about snow plowing on their streets, residents had mixed responses. Laura Bryant, who lives on East Park Avenue, said that every 10 minutes the crews were plowing the roads. “Great job,” she wrote at about 10:20 a.m. Friday, and Phyllis Farese wrote at about 2 p.m.: “Farrell St. in canals has plow coming down street often! Great job!” But resident Andrew Rodd wrote on at 11:30 a.m. Friday: “East Broadway was pretty bad this morning. Drove on the beach to get over to Long Beach Blvd.”

There were no major emergencies reported during the storm, Schnirman told the Herald, as the city coordinated emergency response efforts with the Nassau County, especially to maintain accessibility for emergency vehicles on the Long Beach Bridge while the Long Beach Medical Center remains closed. Said Schnirman:

"During a major event like this, the volunteer firefighters come in and often spend the night in the firehouses as a precautionary measure so they can be at the ready, and it's greatly appreciated. The city and all the residents are grateful to the volunteers for coming in and spending time away from their families."


ed January 06, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Ugh! We never had flooding like this twenty years ago. Now it seams like every time we have a high tide and winds we get flooding. I hope this trend does not continue over the next twenty years.
Jack January 06, 2014 at 09:18 AM
I believe the flooding is being caused by snow melt onto the streets. Unfortunately overdevelopment and erecting of apartment buildings has contributed to this problem since there is less available open land to absorb the water. If the surfer supporters weren't so selfish we would have dunes that would block alot of the hihg tide problems. lets see what happens this year with the supposed dune project.
ed January 06, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Snow melt? The tide came within 20 feet of the boardwalk. Absorb the water? The high tide breached some of the bulkheads. This flooding was seawater as a result of higher than "normal" tides, not snow melt. Time to build a levee.
Sam January 06, 2014 at 10:33 AM
what about fema regulated bulk heads on west end?
Wondering January 06, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Phyliss must live between Chester and Pine on Farrell St. From Pine to the Bay it did not look as if any plow came through. If one did, it was a poor job. There was also flooding on the street with the water going up as far as the second and third houses from the Bay
Terri Frisone January 06, 2014 at 02:02 PM
West Broadway was terrible. Lindell Blvd. and Grand Avenue were icy and dangerous. There was no sanding on any of the secondary streets in the Westholme area. I'm sure everyone worked very hard but they certainly weren't working in my area.
ed January 06, 2014 at 04:09 PM
Sam -FEMA regulated bulk heads in the west end and canals? We must get our priorities straight and complete the boardwalk first!
mike barnett January 07, 2014 at 08:33 AM
This problem has been with us for over 12 years.I have brought it to the attention to City officals several times over a 12 year period. They attempted to fix this problem located at Virginia ave and the bay around 6 or 7 years ago and it was made worse.During typical Spring tides or Nor easter tides it ALWAYS floods Park ave every year.Sometimes the Police close down the street.The water comes in from Under the area where the bulk head meets the Street.(not over the Bulkhead.)The water that comes up Virginia and floods park ave.The water also goes into the storm sewer on Virginia, and then comes out Wyoming ave. and flood that street as well.AFTER MAKING COMPLAINTS SEVERAL TIMES TO THE CITY, NO ONE SEEMS TO TAKE THIS PROBLEM SERIOUSLY.SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP US!!!!!!!
Jack January 07, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Again alot of the excess flooding is being caused by OVERDEVELOPMENT. When you build too many houses and apartment buildings in close proximity there is no available land to absorb the water. The flooding on the Channel side is caused by the lack of marshlands that were destroyed when the Channel was dredged and widened. One of the benefits of the marshland is protection from flood waters. it acts as a filter and barrier. The orientation of the Channel should be changed so that marshland is grown immediately adjacent to the existing bulkheads and the new Channel would be to the north of the marshlands. This can be seen in the Lido section of the island. The houses over there rarely flood via the Channel. The other problem is that a deluge of rain or melting snow overwelms the sewer system since it is designed to handle a certain flow per minute of water runoff. This was not taken into consideration when the apartment building approvals were rammed through in the dead of night in the 1960's. I remember when the esat end was vacant or had just private homes along the beachfront. Empty land is needed to absorb water back into the aquifer. The best thing needed now is the Army Corp dune project. However there are still selfish people in Long Beach and Atlantic Beach trying to block the project. Just like selfish people in Atlantic Beach who keep the tolls on the Atlantic Beach Bridge.
larry teague January 07, 2014 at 05:47 PM
the streets that are readily visible to newsday and the streets that insiders live on, get plowed. same old story. people squawk for a few days then they forget. the flooding on the bayside will continue until the people in the west end take it seriousy. again, they squawk a bit, then when it's time to vote they are at shines
Beachguy January 07, 2014 at 08:42 PM
Yes they are at Shines along with the surfers plotting how to stop the dunes from being built up. Down with the surfers! Down with the people in West End!
amy January 07, 2014 at 08:54 PM
We need to take flooding serious,we all need extra protection
Eddie January 12, 2014 at 01:03 PM
The ocean is rising. the west end will be under water in 50 years
moe January 12, 2014 at 05:43 PM
Yes, more "fake eddie" posts. I guess we should really call them the "wanna-be" Eddie. (...this fake "Eddie-Davis...") Can't imagine why he just doesn't express his opinions as his own, why he's such a coward. Maybe by faking being the real "Eddie-13" he thinks he'll get some of the respect the real Eddie deserves, but all (s)he accomplishes is sounding more shallow and illiterate compared to him. Hope you all realize that this guy posts dozens of times a day, under other names besides Eddie. You can usually tell because he writes like a 12 year-old. But here are a few of his many "Eddie" posts for today: ..... http://imgur.com/PdgQAwz ...... Of course, this is one of his stupidest fake posts ever: ...see... http://imgur.com/OSXKqzM ... I was really happy to read how others are realizing what the jerk's up to: ... http://imgur.com/CEU1DX2 ... By the way, taking "screen captures" like this is the only way to record what he does, since he goes back and deletes so many of his posts after the slander is done. Remember, since he made so many "fake moe" posts, I only use this screen name to discuss phony posts. Anything else from "moe" is the faker.

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