Town Officials, Crews Prepare for Potential Flooding in Advance of Nor’Easter

Islip, NY – Based on the current weather predictions, Town officials have readied all of its storm and flood remediation equipment. Crews have kept a close eye on the Town’s low-lying areas, and have cleared all Town drain covers to ensure proper drainage. Department of Public Works has been working together with the Town’s Emergency Operations Center, and in the event of flooding conditions, DPW and the Parks Department will work in unison to remediate flooding.

According to NOAA, “a strong coastal storm will affect the region tonight through Saturday.  Confidence is increasing on widespread moderate coastal flood impacts for much of the region during the times of high tide Saturday morning into the afternoon. Locally, major flood impacts are possible along the most vulnerable Great South Bay and Jamaica Bay locations.”

Coastal Flood Hazards:

  • Saturday Morning/Afternoon High Tide - Widespread moderate coastal flooding expected for vulnerable coastal locales (2 to 3 ft of inundation in low lying areas) along all waters surrounding Long Island, Jamaica Bay, Lower NY/NJ harbor, and Western Long Island sound as well as the Atlantic Ocean beachfront .  There is low potential to reach localized major flood thresholds along the most vulnerable Great South Bay and Jamaica Bay locations (3 to 3 1/2 ft inundation in lowest lying areas).  Note: For those with concerns along the southern and eastern bay areas, flooding may linger well after high tides.
  • Saturday Night High Tide - Minor to locally moderate coastal flooding (2 to 2 1/2 of inundation) is possible along along the Great South Bay and Jamaica Bay as well as the Atlantic Ocean beachfront. Minor coastal flooding (1 to 2 ft of inundation in low lying areas) possible along all waters surrounding Lower NY/NJ harbor, the eastern bays of Long Island, and possibly Western Long Island Sound. 

Forecast Uncertainty:

The potential for widespread moderate coastal flooding on Saturday is increasing, with low potential to reach major flood thresholds along the most vulnerable Great South Bay and Jamaica Bay locations.

 

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