Hurricane Sandy, aka the “Frankenstorm” due to it being a hurricane-winter storm hybrid, is expected to hit the NYC region beginning Sunday. The storm, which is predicted to be even more damaging to the city’s infrastructure than 2011’s Hurricane Irene, is also expected to last up to five days. With a storm of this magnitude, obvious precautions need to be taken.
Residents of Western Queens, particularly from parts of Sunnyside, Woodside, Astoria, and Maspeth, who experience flooding during the storm should contact the office of District 26 council member Jimmy Van Bramer, whose contact information is listed below. Those living outside coastal areas that also experience flooding should call 311, as requested by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Below is a link explaining how you can prevent your valuables from flooding: NYC Hazards- Flooding
Here is another link published by the city explaining how residents can secure their homes during a major storm such as this: Ready New York- Hurricane Guide
The Red Cross has also published a useful Hurricane Safety Checklist below: American Red Cross
In advance of the hurricane, the DEP recommends that both homeowners and residents remove leaves, litter, and other debris so that they don’t clog the catch basins, so as to further prevent flooding from occurring. The DEP, as well as their colleagues from other agencies, are already working extensively to clear the catch basins.
For those of you unfamiliar with what catch basins are and how they can be cleaned, please go to the following link: Causes of Flooding
Parts of District 26, including the coastal areas of Long Island City, are in evacuation zones. Please contact the council member’s office for the latest updates regarding evacuation orders.
Residents of Western Queens district 26 who wish to report flooding and to seek further assistance in other matters, should contact the district office of Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer at (718) 383-9566.
You can also reach him by:
Facebook: (http://www.facebook.com/jimmyvanbramer) and
You can also call 311 for more info; for emergencies, please call 911.
*Update: Evacuations have been ordered for parts of Hunters Point/Long Island City. Evacuations to be completed by 7 p.m. tonight (Sun, Oct. 28). If you live in the areas colored orange within the map in the slideshow above, please find shelter with a friend or relative. If unavailable, then go to one of the city’s three evacuation centers close to Long Island City:
Newcomers High School (28-01 41st Ave.)
Aviation High School (45-30 36th St.)
W.C. Bryant High School (48-10 31st Ave.)