anyone is thinking of leaving Long Beach Monday night, as the brunt of
Hurricane Sandy starts to slam the barrier island, think again, said City Manager Jack
“We have record breaking
flooding now in the city,” Schnirman told News 12 while at City Hall at about
6:30 p.m. Monday, where the lights went out.
Schnirman said that there is
“tremendous flooding in various parts of the city right now; almost too
numerous to mention. And unfortunately it’s going to get worse in the next
couple of hours.”
city will experience high tide tonight and record ocean surges are expected.
The city manager emphasized
that right now the most important thing is for residents to stay put. “It’s
absolutely unsafe to be on the road in any way, shape or form at this time,”
Schnirman said. He noted
that Park Avenue is “extremely flooded,” with ocean and bay waters converging on
that main thoroughfare, and that the West End is “completely under water.”
Schnirman said that police
were out clearing any people out from the boardwalk. “It is crucial that people
not be on the boardwalk because the ocean will be beginning to start cresting
over the boardwalk in the next hour or so.”
The city bused residents to shelters at Levittown High
School, Nassau Community College and, for those with pets with them, at
Mitchell Field in Uniondale. Schnirman said that, if necessary, the city would
open a shelter in Long Beach but he didn’t name the potential location. When
asked, he also said that a mandatory curfew was a consideration.
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo
visited Long Beach and announced that he planned to deploy additional National Guard, many of them to Long Island, where they can use high-axel vehicles to drive into
difficult areas in emergency situations. Schnirman said that there are some
teams coming to the area. “We’re going to work out the logistics on who is
going to be here and what they’re going to do to help us with the flooding,” he
Schnirman said that earlier
in the day there was a report of 338 power outages in the city. Some of the
wreckage the city reports are downed trees and power lines and a home that lost
a chimney. “It’s too early for a real damage assessment, other than to say that
the worst is just beginning to hit,” he said.
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