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Officials: Many Homes South of Montauk May Be Uninhabitable

Village puts out urgent request to FEMA for temporary housing.

Lindenhurst Village officials have put out an urgent call to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for temporary housing as initial estimates indicate that up to 70 percent of homes south of Montauk Highway may be uninhabitable.

During a conference call with elected officials from across Suffolk County, Ray Fais, the Village’s emergency coordinator, said that numerous local residents are in need of housing following Hurricane Sandy’s path of destruction across Long Island.

Fais said that during the height of Sandy, the tide peaked at 7.9 feet in Lindenhurst.

Despite the devastation, Village officials reported no casualties from the storm.

As of Monday evening, a number of homes south of Montauk Highway were unreachable as flood waters remained. The stagnant water now in neighborhoods in southern Lindenhurst is polluted with home heating oil and gasoline, officials said.

Officials with the Village’s Department of Public Works reported that 17 streets had “major trees” down, and said they were waiting for the Long Island Power Authortity to remove downed wires before clearing.

As Village officials try to tackle the many problems remaining after Hurricane Sandy, school district officials are working to develop a contingency plan, given the immediate damage and long-term impacts of Sandy on local residents, said Bob Cozzetto, emergency coordinator for the Lindenhurst School District.

He said this was the first time he could remember water nearly breaching Harding Avenue Elementary School, which is located just north of Venetian Shores Park. 

Dolores Albano November 05, 2012 at 02:15 PM
My brother lives in the Venice, Surf Road, and still has no power,heat. Flooded house and I'm concerned for his safety. He is waiting for FEMA for 3 days now. He lost two cars in the storm....the people in the Venice need help NOW!
Laurie Newton November 05, 2012 at 05:50 PM
My mother lives in Lindenhurst and took to the streets to help people. HOT FOOD will be available today at 1:30 at Surf Side 3 Marina parking lot Wellwood Ave, Lindenhurst. We are trying to prepare for the forecasted storm and appreciate any suggestions. We have health and beauty products, sweatshirts, blankets, hats, gloves and scarf, shoes, and socks. We have diapers, formular, infant seats, toys, wipes, and furniture. If there is something you need, let us know and we will get it. We will have a table of HOT FOOD on Western Concourse and George Brown Plaza, Amityharbor today around 2:00pm.
Arlene J. Ryan November 05, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I guess the weather channel does not know where Long Island is! I am in Florida, have family in Lindenhurst, Babylon, & Islip & not dang word or person to let anyone know about the devistation there. Where the heck were they all this time other than NJ? Sorry, but they are a sorry lot. I even called the weather channel & no one even answered the phone. Shame on them! If it was not for this page, I would not know anything at all. Thank you for your help.
Geraldine Brombacher November 05, 2012 at 10:11 PM
HiI lived in Amityville for 32 years, south of Merrick Rd. for a while with my folks on Dewey Ave. & later in married life on Perkins Ave. Wondering how those homes made at as well as the Unqua Corinthian Yacht club?
Robert Sayah November 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Can anyone tell me if my brother is ok he lives on shore rd by surf st and south pl I can reach any one in my family Im in tacoma wa

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