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Town Supervisor: Sandy is "Our Katrina"

State of Emergency is extended in the Town of Babylon.

Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer extended the area’s state of emergency declaration Thursday, calling Hurricane Sandy, “Our Katrina.”

Its original state of emergency was declared on Oct. 28, a day ahead of Sandy’s arrival, in anticipation of the storm’s damage. The assessment was correct as the post-tropical cyclone resulted in evacuations, threatened people’s lives and caused extensive power outages, flooding, damage to homes, businesses and transportation infrastructure, local water supplies and displaced thousands of families throughout Long Island and the Tri-State area. 

The declaration allows the Department of Public Works to bring in outside contractors, seasonal employees and the implement emergency procedures, in order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has set up a mobile unit at the Bower Elementary School in Lindenhurst (315 Montauk Highway, Lindenhurst, NY 11757).  FEMA will be there until 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 and from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 to assist people registering, the same way they would on the FEMA website. FEMA has not set up at Town Hall.

For residents who been displaced, an American Red Cross shelter is set up at Robert Frost Middle School (450 Half Hollow Road, Deer Park) and will remain open for the foreseeable future, town officials said.

Charging stations are also set up at Babylon Town Hall (200 E Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst) and the Babylon Town Hall Annex (281 Phelps Lane, North Babylon). Cell phone charging stations are open to the public and WiFi connections are available.

In addition, Suffolk County has set up a hotline to report price gouging. Residents can call 1-800-909-5423 to report any incidents.

Important Public Contact Numbers
LIPA 1-800-490-0075
National Grid 1-800-490-0045
Red Cross (631) 423-0307
FEMA 1-800-621-3362

Gilles Hamel November 03, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Any news of James and Mary Farley and daughter living on Montrose ave. Dear friends no news - worried and praying for them Thank you for any info
laura November 03, 2012 at 03:33 AM
I will call my uncle in the morning and see if knows anything about those areas of Montrose and W. Babylon. On some of the other posts, some areas have power restored and the major damage is in the south. I will post as soon as I have something. Hope you hear from them.
laura November 03, 2012 at 03:33 AM
I will call my uncle in the morning and see if knows anything about those areas of Montrose and W. Babylon. On some of the other posts, some areas have power restored and the major damage is in the south. I will post as soon as I have something. Hope you hear from them.
Laurie Lennon November 26, 2012 at 11:38 PM
My husband and I are looking for temporary housing, 1 or 2 months, until our house can be repaired. We live on Fire Island Avenue in Babylon. We have heat now, upstairs, but once the repairs start, we have to leave as the stairs to the upstairs will also be ripped out. Does anyone know if there is a list of availables? We also applied for a trailor but are on a waiting list. Any info would be appreciated.
Nibor November 27, 2012 at 01:32 AM
If they're on Montrose they should be fine.

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