Residents of the Village of Freeport, this is an important weather advisory regarding potential coastal flooding.
The primary concern lies with minor coastal flooding during high tide, expected to occur around 9:30 a.m. in the morning. Over the next two days, the Village will take proactive measures to ensure the safety of Zone One residents. A robo call system will be activated to provide essential updates and guidance.
Please be aware that this alert applies exclusively to Zone One. The west side of the Village is not under a universal flooding threat at this time.
Residents in Zone One are strongly urged to stay informed and take necessary precautions. The Village of Freeport continues to monitor the situation closely and will provide further updates as needed. Your safety is our top priority.
Stay tuned for any additional developments, and stay safe, Village of Freeport residents.
This comes at a time where New York state Gov. Kathy Hochul has issued a state of emergency for Long Island as heavy rain is causing flooding in several areas.
“With a chance of heavy rain tonight and tomorrow across New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley, we’re keeping a close eye on potential flash flooding,” Hochul said in a news release. “I’m directing state agencies to prepare response assets and be ready to assist our partners at the local level if they need support. I encourage anyone expected to receive heavy rainfall over the next 48 hours to stay vigilant, keep a close eye on the forecast, and heed any emergency orders from officials if necessary.”
A flood watch is issued for the entire county into late Friday night. The New York National Weather Service, NWS, is forecasted 3-5 inches of rain with localized amounts greater than 5-7 inches. Rainfall rates may reach an inch to two inches per hour. With the ground already saturated from last weekend’s rain event, there is an increased threat of flash flooding across the area.
“Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations,” the NWS NY stated on Weather.gov. “Extensive street flooding is possible. Several rounds of minor coastal flooding likely with continuation of ocean beach erosion.”
The NWS NY’s twitter page noted to never drive through flooded roads and to “Turn Around Don’t Drown.” They also mentioned that 6 inches of fast-moving water can knock over and carry away an adult and 12 inches of fast-moving water can carry away a small car. To stay safe during this extreme rain event, listen to alerts and set up a way to get weather warnings on your phone.
Communities highlighted for flash flooding include Freeport, Valley Stream, Long Beach, Glen Cove, Lynbrook, Woodmere, Rockaway and Oyster Bay.
The Metroolitan Transit Authority is reporting system wide disrupions due to the heavy rainfall and is advising that people remain at home if travel unnecessary .