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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

laura November 01, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Im trying to find out how things are around Park Ave in Babylon.
JeanneMccarthy November 02, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Park avenue is good shape south of Main Street is pretty bad
laura November 02, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Thank you Jeanne. I can't reach a relative who lives near Deer Park Rd, so Im guessing there's still no power or cell service? I appreciate your response.
Del November 02, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Just found this video on youtube.. Wow... Gilgo Beach long island after hurricane sandy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P30BdV6zcFU&feature=plcp
Victoria November 02, 2012 at 05:21 AM
This is a light mist compared to Katrina. Terrible comparison. I just lost my apartment, in Katrina a extraordinary amount of people lost their lives and their families.
li_surfer November 02, 2012 at 06:01 AM
its a mess here, if your house is still standing there is no heat/hot water&electric.... our neighbors south of montauk have suffered devastation, so happy that everyone worked so quick to get national guard and help here, we need it.....were all trying to work together.....if you have relatives in the area dont bother with landlines.....keep calling their cells or text....texting is the best, if they can get their phone charged......we have places to get supplies,although everything seems to be running out especially gasoline.....makes sense, we live on an island, although its really all very surreal & slightly scary.
JTB November 02, 2012 at 07:52 AM
We have notified the police of potential looting down in Fred Shores. 2 incidents last night on back to back blocks. We appreciate the attempt at police presence, they are still getting in. The people and vehicles seen last night are not from the neighborhood. They were trying to get in and were stopped by vigilant neighbors. We cant afford private security like on Peninsula. The houses are not safe to live in but we feel someone has to sleep there at night to protect what is left. Also, if you have some reason to be down there, just do your business and leave. All of the traffic is not helping in the cleanup.
Joe November 02, 2012 at 09:49 AM
I have not heard from a dear friend since the storm. He lives in West Babylon, on 6th Avenue. Does anyone know how that area fared? He does not have a computer and I have left several messages for him. His mother is elderly and I am very concerned.
Madipuppy November 02, 2012 at 01:36 PM
That area seems ok. My son is staying with a friend in that area and they have power.
Ed Ward November 02, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Any report on storm damage on Liberty Ave
laura November 02, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Thanks to everyone who replied. I got a text from my uncle and he's good. I wish all of you the best. I was born and raised on Long Island, now relocated to PA, and have such fond memories of the beaches and towns. I hope and pray you all recover soon!!
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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