Ocean Beach on Fire Island inundated with coastal floodwaters
Floodwaters in Ocean Beach on Fire Island topped 2 feet during Tuesday's nor'easter, washing into a few homes and stores, the town's fire chief said."This is probably the worst since Sandy," Ocean Beach Fire Chief Ian Levine said, referring to the superstorm of October 2012. "We've got over 2 feet of water in town and in stores.
Mayor James S. Mallott cautioned that the floodwaters might linger on land a few days."It was over my knees, it was almost up to my waist in certain spots," in downtown Ocean Beach, Levine said. "This water will probably be here two to three days," he said. "Once it calms down and the bay gets back to normal height, we'll get draining, and by Saturday the sun will be shining and the birds will be singing."
On Tuesday emergency vehicles found it difficult to navigate Burma Road, the route that runs down the barrier island's backbone, partly due to a couple of overwashes during high tide, he said.