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‘I don’t want to know her!’: Freeport residents prepare for Andrea’s arrival

Posted: 10:54 PM, Jun 06, 2013
Updated: 2013-06-06 22:54:57-04

In Freeport you can still see signs of the damage Super Storm Sandy left behind.  This boat washed out of the water, landing in between two houses. But as many continue to finish repairs on their homes everyone is getting ready for the next hurricane season and Tropical Storm Andrea.

“I don’t know anything about her, I don’t know her, I don’t want to know her,” said resident Lisa Diamond.

Diamond says it took her about 4 months to repair the first floor of her Freeport home.  Now with a new carpet, couches, and kitchen she says she wants nothing to do with Tropical Storm Andrea, but she also realizes there’s not much she can do to stop it.

“If it happens, it happens.  What am I going to do?

Andrea isn’t even expected to be a Tropical storm by the time she reaches Long Island, but Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano says if she brings the expected 2-4 inches of rain during high-tide there could still be some serious damage.

“There could be the possibility of costal flooding and again we’re very concerned because of the fragile state of many of the homes that are still in the affected area and have not had the opportunity to be repaired,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

“This is like a marriage, you take the good and the bad.”

Oscar Ciaddlos says flooding is just part of life living near the water.  If his house does flood again, he says now would probably be a pretty good time.  Even though he just replaced the soggy sheet rock from Sandy, he hasn’t replaced his kitchen or bathroom yet, so not much else could be damaged.  But Ciaddlos says he still needs a long term solution.

“Obviously we are on an island and the water table is coming up and up and up, so eventually the houses have to be raised,” Ciaddlos said.

But others who live in Freeport say they’re not worried.  Ralph Scopo says storms like Sandy are an abnormality.

“I’m not concerned, not at all.  That’s, how do they say it, they joy of living on the water,” said Scopo.

But Diamond isn’t so sure hurricanes aren’t part of the new normal for New York.

“Different people that have come through the house to give us estimates they say ‘oh it will never happen again for another 100 years,’ and I said ‘that’s what they said after Irene.'”