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The Village of Mamaroneck Underwater

Mayor Norm Rosenblum said that 40 percent of the Village was affected by flooding due to heavy rains from Hurricane Irene.

A few hours after Hurricane Irene passed through Mamaroneck, the ravages of its wake were evident.

At Harbor Island Park, groups of people wandered around shaking their heads in disbelief at the rising waters as they waded through saturated grass in the park.  The main entrance to the park was barricaded, however, people were walking along the Boston Post Road to gain access to the area.

Robert Goode, who lives on 4th Street in Mamaroneck, was lucky that he didn’t have any flooding from the storm.  Compared to the Nor’easter that ravaged Mamaroneck in 2007, however, the verdict was still out as to which storm was worse.

“The water was not as high in the Sound in 2007,” he said, continuing, “I think it’s still in the assessment stage.”

Mamaroneck Village Trustee Sid Albert said his Mamaroneck home was relatively unaffected aside from a few fallen branches.

“Overall I think we’ve [the village] done fairly well under the circumstances,” he said.

Praising the quick responses and early preparation of the police, fire and public works departments, he said, “I have to give each department such incredible credit for their organization.”

Compared to Hurricane Irene, however, Albert thought 2007’s flood was worse.

“I think we lucked out,” he said about the current storm.

Over on Stanley Avenue, what seemed like a small river of water rose as runoff from Sweetwater Luxury Condo building on Maple and Bishop Avenues.

Anthony Perrone, a resident of a condo building on 400 Mt. Pleasant Ave. right next to Sweetwater, said that at least 5-6 cars still parked in the luxury condo building's garage were flooded by several feet of water.

“It’s almost as bad as 2007,” he said.  His building’s garage was also flooded, albeit, with a much smaller amount of water than the Sweetwater complex.  The complex was still under construction during the 2007 flood.

Approximately 170 families were served lunch this afternoon at the temporary Red Cross shelter set up at the Post Road Gym at Mamaroneck High School, said Avril Dennis, a disaster mental health services volunteer for the Red Cross. 

Although no press were allowed inside, Dennis said that, at their highest count in the past 24 hours, up to 280 families utilized the shelter.  Dennis estimated that 90 percent of those families were from the village.

“Right now people are venturing out,” she said, adding that no disaster assessment had been done yet so she was unsure how much longer the shelter would be open for.

An additional 30-40 residents were evacuated after the storm hit last night. 

“Those folks had a different expectation,” she said, continuing, “They woke up to police knocking on their doors.”

According to a brief conversation with Village of Mamaroneck Mayor Norm Rosenblum, 40 percent of the village was affected by flooding; about 3,300 homes.

Affected neighborhoods included Washingtonville, the Flats and a section of Harbor Heights.

Rosenblum praised the efforts of all departments including police, fire and public works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Spafford August 28, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Does anyone have any information about the condition of the boats that were docked at Harbor Island?
Stefani Kim August 28, 2011 at 10:32 PM
If you take a look at the video that was posted there is footage of Mcmichael's boat yard. There were pools of water directly underneath some of the boats but otherwise they looked undamaged.
Joanna August 29, 2011 at 12:13 AM
Does anyone have information on grove/wood street area?
Reggie Wilson August 29, 2011 at 12:39 PM
I would like to thank the men and women volunteers at Mamaroneck EMS who volunteered throughout the entire storm side by side with the police and fire. It was team effort, and a job well done by all.
J.D. Oriani August 29, 2011 at 01:43 PM
Great photo journalism from all the Patch photographers!
LD August 30, 2011 at 01:52 PM
I hope Everyone has there Power back. We just got ours back yesterday..I think that was pretty fast.I have a 7 year old child with Autism who wasnt dealing very well with the lights out...
Jonathan Sacks August 30, 2011 at 03:09 PM
We are still out and can't get an update from anyone. Con-Ed will only say by Thursday and the Town had no more information.
Stefani Kim August 30, 2011 at 03:53 PM
I'm still out too in Larchmont. The only time frame Con Ed will give is by Thursday at Midnight.
Balar Gazor August 30, 2011 at 07:35 PM
I have not heard yet the howls of despair of the Pinebrook community ? how did the new development that replaced the golf practice up Weaver St hold up ?
CARLDBIRMAN August 31, 2011 at 01:38 AM
No offense to those who felt this was better than 2007, but they should drive up and down First Street, or for that matter, Howard Street. The damage is as bad as before. It's heartbreaking.
Stefani Kim August 31, 2011 at 01:57 AM
Hi Carl, I did a story about people on Howard Avenue yesterday. Habitat for Humanity was there helping people dry out. Some had entire rooms of furniture that were soaked. One house had an oil tank rupture in the house Stefani

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