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Storm Floods Bay Park Plant, County Executes Emergency Measures

Raw sewage will be diverted to Rockaway Channel due to flood at sewage plant.

Nassau County will relieve sewage pressure values throughout the Bay Park Sewage Treatment System and secure pumps to divert sewage from backing up into houses, businesses, schools and streets, County Executive Edward Mangano announced Wednesday.  The critical response team of engineers, aided by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is actively initiating a three-part mitigation plan:
  • Immediately — Emergency relief will divert raw sewage to Rockaway Channel
  • Up to 30 Days — Triage repairs to the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant anticipates partial treatment of sewage.
  • 6 to 12 months — Comprehensive repair of the facility. Initial assessments indicate that repair will require replacement parts to be engineered, manufactured and replaced. The assessment process is ongoing and plans will be updated as they become available.
Tidal surges caused by Hurricane Sandy resulted in flooding in the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant. Damage to this critical infrastructure generally impacts all residents within the Bay Park Sewage Treatment System.

"They’ve got no pumps and no water," Legislator Howard Kopel told Patch. "The army is involved and is going to help in transporting things (parts for the plant) here. They have to dump it because there’s nothing else to do. You have to protect people’s homes."

He added, "We’re going to have impact on our services all over the island for months." The sewage plants in Lawrence and Cedarhurst were also damaged in the storm, but they remain operational.

The Nassau County Commissioner of Health warns residents to avoid contact with sewage which initially may backup at manhole covers and basement drains. The Nassau County Department of Health advises residents to:
  • avoid contact with sewage;
  • wear gloves and use soap and water for any required clean-up, followed by disinfecting the area with a 10% household bleach solution; and
  • items which cannot be cleaned must be discarded.
Until further notice, a Conserve Water Order is now active and residents of the Bay Park Sewage District are directed to:
  • limit water usage immediately, including a ban on watering grass and washing cars;
  • limit laundry and washer/dryer usage to full loads;
  • shorten shower time; and
  • limit flushing toilets.
Residents with non-life threatening emergencies, such as sewage backup, should dial 1-888-684-4274.  All those with life threatening emergencies should dial 911. For more information on the Conserve Water Order, please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/health.

The previous information is from the office of Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. It has been edited by Patch.

M. Kaplan November 01, 2012 at 09:29 AM
Cedar and lefferts in hewlett bay park had manholes with water coming up wednesday
Wvarta November 01, 2012 at 09:51 AM
I returned to 465 Shore yesterday, I would think you can still enter and get your items. They want you in and out fast, state troopers were there and tow trucks, LIPA vehicles etc. Be prepared for some ugly views, your not allowed near the boardwalk, not safe.
Jaime Sumersille November 01, 2012 at 10:22 AM
@Vilma: residents are allowed to enter during the day to collect their belongings. Beginning at 7pm a strict curfew is enforced. NYS Troopers are asking for ID before you enter Long Beach as well. My uncle on Ohio has been coming back and forth, as have my sister-in-law on Monroe. Jaime Sumersille Regional Editor, Nassau County
Vilma November 01, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Thank you for the information. I appreciate it. Be safe and my prayers for all my neighbors in Long Beach.
James Trantel November 01, 2012 at 12:15 PM
The GreenBayParkers warned Kopel, Mangano and ALL the Nassau County Legislatures of the dangers a long time ago. They decided to play politics and gamble with peoples lives, homes, and the environment. Don't act like you didn't know this could happen, and I have the proof!

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