Hempstead Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Councilman Bruce Blakeman visited West Marina in Point Lookout today to check on crews who are readying Hempstead Town for the upcoming nor’easter.
“Unfortunately, many of our communities are extremely vulnerable during major storms such as the one currently predicted,” said Councilwoman King Sweeney. “We can’t change the vulnerability but we can check to ensure that these areas are well prepared for the upcoming storm.”
It is expected that coastal areas will face strong winds and higher than usual tides converging during the major March storm.
Councilman Blakeman noted that it is important for residents to stock up on non-perishable food, water, flashlights and batteries in the event that there are power outages. He also stressed the importance of following any evacuation orders that may be issued for coastal areas. “Hopefully, this storm won’t be too bad and if we are all prepared we will get through it just fine,” said Councilman Blakeman.
“Our crews are hard at work getting our low-lying areas ready for the foul weather we are expecting to arrive this evening,” added Councilman D’Esposito. “Our Town workers are always diligent in their efforts to anticipate what areas might require some extra attention before any major storm.”
Hempstead Town Conservation and Waterways crews checking boats at the Town’s marinas to make sure they are securely tied, calling owners to remind them that they boats would be safer on land, and bringing equipment to higher ground. Highway crews are checking storm basins, filling up trucks and making sure chainsaws are ready in the event that trees fall in roadways and need to be removed. The Parks Department are shoring up beaches and paying particular attention to areas that have been breached in the past.
“Our biggest challenge is coastal flooding during these storms but our employees are out there and ready to respond whatever this storm brings us,” concluded D’Esposito.