Ida Remnants Collapse Retaining Walls, Flood Homes With Sewage On Nassau County’s North Shore – CBS New York
GLEN COVE, NY (CBSNewYork) – Some of the highest rainfall from the remains of Ida on Long Island was on the north coast of Nassau County.
The telephone lines of a police department were under water, retaining walls collapsed and houses were flooded with sewage.
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The highest rainfall on Long Island was in Glen Cove, where the streets looked like rivers and a downtown garage flooded.
“From ten to two in the morning we got nine inches of rain,” said Nassau lawmaker Delia DeRiggi-Whitton. “Everything we had didn’t stand a chance.”
A mudslide behind a house in Sea Cliff tells this North Shore story in a dramatic way. The rain quickly and furiously blurred the embankment that had held the house on the hillside stable for more than a century.
“We heard the rain, but we had no idea the cliff was washing away,” said Victoria Bjorklund, Sea Cliff resident.
A retaining wall collapsed at the bottom of the block.
“It sounded like a huge boom,” said one person.
“These are cement retaining walls that have been around for many, many years. They survived Hurricane Sandy, and that storm got them out of hydrostatic pressure alone, ”said Bruce Kennedy, Administrator of the Village of Sea Cliff.
The water was so strong it seeped through walls.
“That was shocking,” said a local resident. “It’s starting to smell.”
The smell for some residents of Glen Cove is hard to take. Water that gushed through the bathroom drains was real sewage.
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“You could smell it. You could see it. It was brown. It was dirty. It was gross and when it started to come through it just flooded the entire apartment, ”said Kristin Vandamia, Glen Cove resident.
“You have to worry about E. coli and COVID now,” said Lora Cusumano, a resident of Glen Cove.
“We’re kind of stuck on it. Whether you had home insurance, flood insurance or force majeure insurance, no one will cover it, ”said Philippe Voeglen, Glen Cove resident.
Officials say a sewage pumping station lost power and its backup generator did not turn on.
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Some of the deepest parts of the North Shore Peninsula are home to public office in the town of Glen Cove.
Police phone lines have been more than six feet underwater and the library is out of order.
“Everything has been closed for the past year and a half, two years, so it’s very difficult to keep closing,” said Kathy Flynn, Glen Cove library director.
Glen Cove High School was flooded, postponing the opening day by a week.
There was also heartbreaking damage to a church that was built right after World War II.
“There was water in there because everything seeped through the doors … It was a total lake here,” said Father Alexander Antchoutine of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Intercession.
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The only positive side, say the residents, is a community that comes together to help neighbors in need.