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State of Emergency Declared for East Rockaway Homes Exposed to Sewage

Sewage main ruptures during Sandy prompt action from Nassau County Health Commissioner and EPA.

Nassau County Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein announced Thursday that a State of Emergency has been declared for certain identified homes in East Rockaway and Baldwin.

This State of Emergency has been declared to eliminate threats to public health and safety for those residents affected by sewage main ruptures. It provides for cleaning out and decontamination of certain identified homes and areas in  East Rockaway and Baldwin related to sewer system breaches caused during superstorm Sandy. The sewer main breaches occurred at North Boulevard in East Rockaway and Barnes Avenue in Baldwin. 

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Commissioner Eisenstein along with representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) visited those impacted residents to assure them that the county would provide assistance to address their public health concerns.  An environmental hygienist will be made available to offer site assessments of every home in the impacted areas, and a remediation company will provide, at no cost to the homeowner, clean-up and decontamination services.

The Nassau County Department of Health will provide oversight of health impacts related to the remedial work being performed at these homes. Additionally, the Nassau County Department of Health recommends the following steps for cleaning up smaller sewage contaminated areas:

  • Remove children and pets from the affected area
  • To properly dispose of sewage, wear rubber gloves and boots during clean up and use soap and water followed by disinfecting the area with a 10% household bleach solution.  (10 parts water, 1 part household bleach).
  • Place clothing worn during cleanup directly into the wash or discard into heavy duty garbage bags.
  • Place heavy duty garbage bags for routine garbage pick-up.


For additional information, affected residents may call (516) 573-9635.

Lorenzo Gabudra November 17, 2012 at 08:36 PM
This is horrific. The Federal Government should have been all over this the second it was discovered. Once again the people are screwed. The "solution": •Remove children and pets from the affected area •To properly dispose of sewage, wear rubber gloves and boots during clean up and use soap and water followed by disinfecting the area with a 10% household bleach solution. (10 parts water, 1 part household bleach). •Place clothing worn during cleanup directly into the wash or discard into heavy duty garbage bags. •Place heavy duty garbage bags for routine garbage pick-up. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ THIS IS AN OUTRAGE---I DONT LIVE ANYWHERE NEAR THIS TOWN--OBAMA WHERE ARE YOU HIDING? SHAME ON YOU. SHAME ON ALL YOU POLITICAL CHARLATANS. I THOUGHT YOU CARED ABOUT THE ENVIORNMENT. LIARS!
Karin Johnson November 17, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I believe the sewage plant is the responsibility of our county and not the president. This plant was not exactly state of the art, and if we are going to blame anyone, it's shortsighted politicians who are not interested in investing in our infrastructure.
S.M. November 18, 2012 at 02:03 AM
According to local sources, the plant should be serving half the area it currently serves, residents were told years ago that a major overhaul of the plant was to begin ( it never did), and the plant has been discharging semi-treated waste into Reynolds Channel on and off for sometime angering Long Beach residents. (see long island press investigation and look it up on you tube). Years of temporary fixes and other band aids contributed to this disaster. This should be a facility second to none because of the density of population and fragile ecology. As for the politicians, from top to bottom, THEY ALL SUCK.
Bay Park family November 26, 2012 at 04:00 AM
This plant needs to be closed It will only flood again Do not put money into modernizing it to accept sewage from Lawrence only to endanger residents of Bay Park
margaret van pelt November 27, 2012 at 02:25 AM
After approximately four weeks, It is very sad to know that the victims of Sandy are still living in hazard conditions and some with contamination. Are we a third-world country?
Carla November 29, 2012 at 07:47 PM
East Rockaway Family -- Money was given to them to upgrade and secure the plant years ago but the money was spend elsewhere and only "minor" repairs were done. Now have to suffer.
the big kahuna November 29, 2012 at 08:21 PM
becker and santino. remember this when they are up for re election and your home smells of sewage!!!!

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