November 1, 2012
To protect the health of residents and stop sewage from backing up into homes, hospitals, schools, firehouses, nursing homes and restaurants, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that the County and State critical response teams, aided by Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are relieving sewage pressure values throughout the Bay Park Sewage Treatment System and securing pumps to divert sewage from backing up houses and streets.
The critical response team of engineers is actively initiating a three-part Mitigation Plan:
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.
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:
Until further notice, a Conserve Water Order is now active and residents of the Bay Park Sewage District are directed to:
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 the Nassau County Health Department website
For more information on storm preparation, please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/hurricane
If residents have LIPA related electrical concerns, please call LIPA’s customer hotline at 1-800-490-0075. Please note that LIPA is experiencing a high volume of calls and that system outages continue to be restored. Please also visit LIPA’s service outage map to track outages and restorations in your area. http://www.lipower.org/stormcenter/outages/outagemap.html
As always, feel free to contact me with any thoughts and ideas you have for the county or any particular issue where I may be of assistance. My telephone number is 516-571-6209.