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Extreme Long Island floodwaters recede, but officials warn roads will freeze next

CARLE PLACE, N.Y. — On components of Long Island, floods from Friday morning’s rain have receded, but officials are sounding a warning about icy roads and wind at evening.

We’ve seen a complete gamut of climate extremes, from rain to flooding and a dramatic temperature drop.

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In Island Park, the Long Island Rail Road tracks flooded and people have been navigating flooding ranges they have not seen in years.

“Literally within 10 minutes, boom,” stated Peter Rizik. “The water was just like a river coming down the block.”

“This is the worst weather event we’ve had in 10 years, without a doubt,” stated Mayor Michael McGinty.

McGinty stated it by no means compares to Superstorm Sandy, which inundated hundreds of Long Island properties, but he stated seeing streets impassible was a tricky flashback. The next excessive tide can be a priority.

“The psyche of it. It’s scary, scary for our residents,” stated McGinty.

Across Nassau County, greater than 100 vehicles bought caught in flooded streets.

In Freeport, the morning excessive tide peaked round 7:30 a.m. Ron Williams saved his basement with three sump pumps.

“By 7 o’clock, I had a foot of water in my garage and the cars were all getting flooded,” stated Williams.

People who stay in East Rockaway stated the rain, wind and excessive tide got here all of sudden, rapidly within the morning, abandoning plenty of injury.

“I feel like it was a flash flood,” resident Janine Wayar stated. “Basically I came out, water was just too late to move them.”

Wayar stated each of her daughters’ vehicles bought destroyed within the morning. CBS2 noticed what they appeared like after being submerged.

“Salt water ruined the engine. Electric started going on and off and the cars are totaled ruined,” Wayar stated.

She shared movies with CBS2. At one level, the water was so excessive a dumpster could possibly be seen floating down the block.

“I pretty much started crying,” Wayar stated.

In Long Beach, bay waters flooded streets and made its manner into some low-lying garages and floor flooring. 

“It comes with the territory of owning a house in Long Beach, we expect it. For this storm though, we weren’t expecting a tidal surge,” stated Rich Bennis. 

Many properties have been elevated after Sandy, but not all. 

“I’ll raise the house five feet. I mean, I have nightmares about it,” stated Carol Harris. 

As the water receded, the temperature dropped precipitously.

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman stated a 30-degree plummet means drivers ought to keep off roads, which will be treacherous with black ice. 

“There will be a significant amount of ice on the roads even though we’re out salting and it will be a dangerous condition. So we’re asking everybody to please stay home or stay local. Do not go out on the roads unless you have to,” stated Blakeman.

Saturday, Blakeman added, will be a significantly better day for last-minute purchasing by mid-morning.

It remained brutally chilly and windy outdoors late Friday evening. Nassau County officials stated meaning there will proceed to be energy outages all through the evening.

According to PSEG Long Island, there are nonetheless hundreds of shoppers with out energy. 

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