Jack Schnirman reports on conditions around the city Monday morning before the brunt of the storm hits.
“We could be looking at absolutely
historic flood levels here in Long Beach,” City Manager Jack Schnirman said
early Monday morning as the wrath of Hurricane Sandy is making its way to Long
Schnirman told News 12 in a live interview at 7:45 a.m.
that this evaluation was based on some of what city officials had seen in Long
Beach as the high winds and rain from Sandy make their way north.
Early this morning as the city experienced the second high
tide cycle of the storm, water was starting to flood West End streets,
particularly Virginia Avenue and Delaware Avenue, and the Canals neighborhood
had “significant water,” the city manager said.
He urged resident, particularly those in the Canals and on
the bayside of the barrier island, “to really think about taking the mandatory
evacuation orders seriously and go ahead and stay with friends and family
outside the city.”
Nassau County Executive Edward P.
Mangano ordered a mandatory evacuation
for all residents living in a flood or
storm surge zone, effective 2 p.m. Sunday. On Saturday, he ordered the
mandatory the evacuation of Long
Beach Medical Center
and all nursing homes on the barrier island, when he declared
a state of emergency in anticipation of the hurricane.
Schnriman said that as the day goes on, it will become
more difficult for residents to evacuate, and said the morning was a good time
to leave. “The rain is slow and steady right now; it hasn’t yet picked up,” he
observed before 8 a.m.. “The winds are just beginning to pick up. We want to
urge folks to stay safe.”
With the full moon will come high tides again at 6 p.m.
Monday, when the brunt of the storm is expected to hit. Schnirman was asked
about the possibility of water from both the bay and the ocean meeting at Park
Avenue, at the middle of the island, as they did during Hurricane Irene in
August 2011. He said city officials expected this to happen again.
About the boardwalk and the apartment buildings and others
that line it, Schnirman said that the structure is 17-feet high and the city
expects 11-foot or higher storm surges. “And we’ve got real sold sand berms
underneath there,” he added. “So we feel more comfortable with actually the
ocean side than the bay side, which is where the flooding has typically been at
In response to a question about conditions in Long Beach
this morning on Patch’s Facebook page
East End resident Diane Denesowicz said that the high tide lapped against the
dunes but didn’t touch the sand berm that was built near Pacific Boulevard and
Shore Road. “Now, some pro
surfers are heading out into it with a jet ski accompaniment,” she wrote.
Resident Bill Roth wrote that water on the bay side was
splashing over onto New York Avenue, while residents in the Canals, on Farrell
Street and Harmon Street, said that these streets were clear.
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