August 13, 2014
The Wantagh Parkway near Sunrise Highway was impassable.
Gov. sends help to Long Island after flooding
State’s Emergency Operations Center activated; road closings announced
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo dispatched resources to assist Long Island’s recovery from the nearly 13 inches of rain that fell between the hours of midnight Tuesday and 7:15 a.m. Wednesday that resulted in flash floods. The State’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated to monitor the situation.
The flooding caused closures on eleven major highways in Long Island.Cars were stranded on the Southern State Parkway at exits 38 and 39, but all westbound lanes are now re-opened and residual flooding has cleared from the roadway.
The Emergency Management Non-Commissioned Officer fleet has been dispatched to the Northern Parkway, and both the Traffic Incident Management system and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit are engaged in flood operations. The State also dispatched a pumping truck to the 1st Precinct in Babylon.
NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services officials from the Office of Emergency Management and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control in Nassau and Suffolk Counties are assisting local emergency management officials.DHSES has sent water pumps, and is ready to deploy any additional resources to the region if requested
Steps taken to assist flooded areas include:
Roads and Bridges
The New York State Department of Transportation has 400 maintenance staff working in the affected areas pumping water from roadways and clearing debris carried by the floodwaters from drainage grates and recharge basins. The Department has teams deployed to assess any road damage.