Island Park breaks ground on new project to keep water off the streets during high tides and heavy rain

Mayor Michael McGinty is also working on a project, which broke ground Monday, to install one-way valves in storms drains. It is designed to keep water in the bay and off the streets.

News 12 Staff

Oct 26, 2021, 2:57 AM

Updated 935 days ago

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Residents of Island Park are doing what they can to protect their homes and possessions ahead of high tides and heavy rain.
Susan Giuffrida’s family has been in the area for generations and says Superstorm Sandy has taught her never to underestimate a storm.
“It’s almost like people in our area have post-traumatic syndrome from being flooded like that,” Giuffrida says. “It was traumatic, and you can’t help but think about that.”
Mayor Michael McGinty says it’s a period of trepidation for the coastal community and that he is in touch fire departments and utilities like Public Service Enterprise Group Long Island.
He is also working on a project, which broke ground Monday, to install one-way valves in storms drains. It is designed to keep water in the bay and off the streets.
“We’re hopeful going forward as we install tidal flex valves along the canal and along the waterways in the village, that it will go along way to helping the mitigation of flooding going forward,” McGinty says.
The project will take 2 1/2 years to complete but residents are hoping for the best and say they will be keeping a close eye on the water.
“Just stay together, check on the neighbors, see how it goes,” says Jake Hornig. “That’s it really. All you can do.”
McGinty says residents should be as cautious as possible especially when the rain is at its heaviest and to call 911 if they are in need of help.


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