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‘You can’t stop the tide’: Long Islanders brace for flooding

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At this point people here in Suffolk County say it’s pretty much a waiting game.  Regardless of how much snow or rain this nor’easter drops on eastern Long Island, they say the storm surge will guarantee many neighborhoods along the coast will flood as high tide sets in overnight.

“You can’t stop the tide,” said Rob Schneck.  “I’m not afraid of the snow, I’m not afraid of the wind, it’s just the water.”

With wind blowing the tarps off homes still under repair after hurricane Sandy people living in Bay Port brace for the high tide and the nor’easter that will follow.

“It’s worse than it’s ever been before. We used to get a foot in the street maybe once a year now we get it just about every normal high tide.”

Schneck says most of his neighbors left after the hurricane and many have yet to come back to their homes.

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“They got devastated by Sandy and they’ve been flooded several times since then.”

Meanwhile crews in Gilgo Beach tried to rebuild the dunes destroyed during the storm.  Hoping to protect the costal homes from yet another flood with waters expected to rise more than three feet above normal high tide.

And over in Sayville with few worries of severe flooding it’s a much more laid back approach.

“Well the streets definitely will be flooded and it will come over the bulkhead,” said Gale Campiglia of Sayville.  “We just live with it. It’ll be gone before you know it, it’s nature.”

But after facing a hurricane, a blizzard, and now waiting on the next nor’easter, even the most loyal Long Islanders like Gale Campiglia are starting to have second thoughts about the place they call home.

“It’s a little scary, maybe it’s time to pack up and move.”

Now high tide isn’t expected in Long Island until somewhere between 2 and 7 a.m., but mixed with light snowfall, flooded streets and possibly a few downed trees from the 50 mile per hour wind gusts, residents should expect a very messy morning commute.