Ida leaves damage along the North Shore

Many North Shore residents spent their Thursday cleaning up after the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida hit the island on Wednesday night. In addition to the storm, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the north coast of Suffolk County.

According to PSEG Long Island, the hardest hit areas on the island are Northport, Ridge, Lloyd Harbor and Huntington.


In the town of Huntington, flooding outside the Huntington sewage treatment plant on Creek Road has left several motorists stranded, according to a press release from the town. STP personnel accessed the facility via payload late on the evening of September 1. At the height of high tide, STP staff were unable to access the plant from the main entrance on Creek Road or from the back entrance near the Mill Dam gates.

“We actually had to bring a payloader to the entrance to Creek Road to get one of our employees into the plant last night,” said John Clark, the city’s director of environmental waste management. “Several cars, including a police vehicle, were stranded on Creek Road and New York Avenue – at least one driver (a police officer) had to be evacuated by boat by the Huntington fire department.”

Steve Jappell, a sewage treatment plant operator at the STP facility, operated the payloader and assisted his colleague Joe Lombardo and the policeman, who were eventually transported off the scene by Huntington firefighters in a rescue boat.

“Thanks to the Huntington Fire Department, as well as the Centerport, Halesite and Northport Fire Departments, who also arrived to help other motorists stranded on Creek Road, and our responsive staff at the plant.” said city supervisor Chad Lupinacci (R).

According to the press release, the area received its largest rain event in nearly 20 years between 7 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. The city reported that 6.29 inches fell in the past 6.5 hours.

While the STP typically processes about 1.8 million gallons per day, between 6 a.m. on September 1 and 6 a.m. on September 2, it has processed over 3.8 million gallons. According to the city, the plane “will continue to experience above-average flows over the next two days as groundwater intrusion and sump pump activity contributes to the increased volumes.”

City officials also said there were 26 reports of flooding primarily in Huntington; 29 reports of felled trees and branches; 16 reports of large chunks, sections and layers of asphalt torn off, five manhole covers washed away and a possible sinkhole was reported in Northport as the asphalt washed away on Oleander Drive.

As for the town’s facilities, both golf courses suffered from flooding and were closed on September 2, and town hall suffered about ½ inch flooding in the basement.


According to Smithtown Public Information Officer Nicole Gargiulo, there was flooding in the basement of Smithtown Town Hall; however, there was no further damage to city equipment or facilities.

At the height of the storm, the city received calls about flooded roads, but the streets were cleaned by the morning of September 2.

Callahan Beach suffered damage, according to Gargiulo. The beach had previously been closed due to damage after an early morning storm on August 27.

Stony Brook University

Students from the Mendelsohn community at Stony Brook University, located at the north end of the campus next to Stadium Drive, were the SBU students most affected by the storm. According to communications sent by the university, as other areas of the campus experienced flooding, Mendelsohn was the hardest hit and students had to be relocated.

The Student Brook Union was also affected by the storm and the building is closed for damage assessment and cleanup. The university held a groundbreaking ceremony for the newly renovated student union building last week. Employees who work in the building were asked to work remotely on September 2.

In an email from Rick Gatteau, vice-president of student affairs, and Catherine-Mary Rivera, assistant vice-president of campus residences, “Mendelsohn buildings have no electricity due to 4 to 6 feet water in the basement resulting in a power failure to the building At present it is dangerous to be in the building while our crews pump water, assess the damage and determine the schedule repairs. ”

Residents of Mendelsohn were not required to attend classes on September 2.

Three Villages

During the storm, the historic Thompson House in East Setauket absorbed 33 inches of water in its basement. Some of the water rose to the first floor of the 1709 structure.

The building, which belongs to the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, will have to pump water, according to WOSM President Gloria Rocchio. Once the water is pumped out, a cleaning company will still have some work ahead of them to prevent further damage.

According to the National Weather Service, 6.86 inches of rain fell in Setauket. The NWS reported that this was Long Island’s highest precipitation total.

Additional reporting by Daniel Dunaief.

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