Long Island Flood Recovery Effort

Long Island Flood Recovery Effort


Vehicles are submerged on a flooded section of Sunrise Highway, in East Islip, N.Y., on New York’s Long Island, Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014. Stranded Long Island drivers have been rescued after a storm slammed Islip, N.Y., with over 12 inches of rain an entire summer’s worth. (Credit: AP)

Recently, Long Island received its highest recorded rainfall only expected once every few centuries, flooding streets, parkways, homes and local businesses. Damage assessments are being accomplished by disaster response groups and local municipalities to determine how best to help those impacted. Given the extent of the flooding and the urgent needs, volunteers are being sought to assist with disaster recovery efforts.

The NYAC is seeking trained ERT leaders along with complete ERT teams to help with the flood cleanup effort in Islip, Brookhaven and Babylon towns. Please respond with your willingness to:

  • Lead a team of 6 to 8 volunteers from local volunteer recruitment efforts.
  • Recruit an ERT team of 6 to 8 and bring them to Long Island for deployment.

The LI Sandy Recovery office will be accepting teams for deployment beginning Wednesday, September 3, 2014.  The LI Sandy Recovery office in Massapequa will be coordinating and registering all teams for the NYAC. The LI Sandy office will provide team leaders with the tools and equipment necessary to do the clean up tasks. Housing is available in West Hempstead, Hicksville, Lindenhurst and Central Islip on a date available basis — first come, first served. ERT training can be made available if required.  Please include in your response your desire to receive training.

Children play in the flooded parking lot of a housing complex in Islip, New York August 13, 2014. More than a foot of rain hit parts of New York’s Long Island on Wednesday, enough to set a preliminary state record, triggering flash floods and swamping cars on major roads that were turned into rivers during the morning rush hour.  (Credit: REUTERS)

Editors note: work on this recovery effort has ended.

Firetruck image, credit REURTERS