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TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours * LOCATIONS AFFECTED - Huntington - Smithtown - Port Jefferson * WIND - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Tropical Storm force wind - Peak Wind Forecast: 40-50 mph with gusts to 70 mph - Window for Tropical Storm force winds: Tuesday afternoon until Tuesday evening - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 58 to 73 mph - The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical storm force. - PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect life and property should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for significant wind damage. - ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles. - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over. - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines. * STORM SURGE - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Localized storm surge possible - Peak Storm Surge Inundation: The potential for up to 2 feet above ground somewhere within surge prone areas - Window of concern: Tuesday afternoon until early Wednesday morning - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground - The storm surge threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground. - PREPARE: Complete preparations for storm surge flooding, especially in low-lying vulnerable areas, before conditions become unsafe. - ACT: Leave immediately if evacuation orders are given for your area. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore. - Sections of near shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road. - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings. * FLOODING RAIN - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 1-3 inches, with locally higher amounts - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for moderate flooding rain - The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are possible. - PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding. - ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take action may result in serious injury or loss of life. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and may overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures. * TORNADO - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for a few tornadoes - The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for a few tornadoes. - PREPARE: If your shelter is particularly vulnerable to tornadoes, prepare to relocate to safe shelter before hazardous weather arrives. - ACT: If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter quickly. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings. * FOR MORE INFORMATION: - - -

Public Invited to Meeting on Roberto Clemente Park Site

Public Comment Period Runs Through October 17

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Islip, NY - September 30, 2014 - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) in conjunction with the New York State Department of Labor and the Suffolk County Department of Health Services will hold a public meeting on Thursday, October 9 at 7 p.m. to present the Draft Material Removal Work Plan (Work Plan) for the Roberto Clemente Town Park (Park) in Brentwood.
The meeting will be held at Health Sports Education Complex Lecture Hall at the M.J. Grant Campus of Suffolk Community College, 1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood.
At the meeting, NYSDEC staff and environmental consultants working for the Town of Islip will describe the contents of the Work Plan.
The Park occupies approximately 30 acres on the west side of Broadway, north of West 18th Street and south of Nolin Street in Brentwood. Timberline Drive borders the Park to the west.
The remedy for the site will involve the excavation of improperly disposed fill material from the former soccer fields and the recharge basin for proper offsite disposal at approved facilities. At the conclusion of the excavation, confirmatory endpoint soil samples will be obtained to evaluate the effectiveness of the remedial effort. If the endpoint sample results are acceptable no further action is anticipated, however, additional remedial effort would be proposed in the event that the endpoint samples are not acceptable.
A Community Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP) will be implemented as part of the Work Plan. The objective of air monitoring program associated with the CAMP is to monitor air quality during excavation activities to provide protection for the community and site workers from potential airborne contaminant releases as a result of work activities. During the removal process fill material will be continuously wetted with water, prior to, during, and after removal activities to control dust.
The fill excavated from the site will be transported to approved facilities for proper disposal, which includes a landfill approved to take non-friable asbestos waste. Based on the large amount of fill that requires disposal, daily limits for landfills and facilities and other limitations, it is anticipated that multiple landfills and facilities will be used for this project.
Equipment, supplies and materials will be decontaminated prior to any equipment leaving the site. Trucks leaving the site will be covered and will follow designated routes to minimize community impacts.
Implementation of the work plan activities began with the installation of three groundwater monitoring wells this month. A public notice soliciting proposals to perform the removal of material at the Park will be published upon approval of this Work Plan. The Town of Islip expects to receive, review and evaluate proposals, followed by a contract award within 30 days of publication. Mobilization and removal activities will commence immediately following award. A detailed schedule will be established in the contract to perform the work.
Public Comment Periods and Next Steps
NYSDEC is accepting written comments about the Work Plan through October 17, which will be considered as part of DEC's review of the Work Plan. Comments can be submitted by email to:, please put Roberto Clemente Park in the subject line, or by mail to:
Ajay Shah, P.E.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, New York 11790
Where to Find Information
The Draft Material Removal Work Plan for the Roberto Clemente Town Park is available at the Brentwood Public Library Second Avenue and Fourth Street, Brentwood, the NYSDEC office in Stony Brook and at Town of Islip offices.
The Town of Islip has also posted the Work Plan and other site information on its website (which can be found in the right hand column of this page). It is also physically available at Town of Islip Clerk's Office, at 655 Main Street, Islip.
Individuals with questions about the Work Plan can contact the NYSDEC's Office of Communications at (631) 444-0350.