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Mangano orders evacuation of flood and storm surge zones

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Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano issued a mandatory evacuation order Sunday afternoon for all residents living in a flood or storm surge zone. This area is defined as south of Sunrise Highway, from the Queens line to Rockville Centre and South of Merrick Road, from Rockville Centre to the Nassau-Suffolk border.  

The mandatory evacuation also includes the residents on the North Shore of Nassau County that reside in low-lying areas and storm surge zones. Low-lying are defined as 15 feet above sea-level or less.  

Authorities want the evacuation to begin before wind gusts exceed 55 miles per hour and that the evacuation begins immediately because NICE Bus and the MTA will shut down public transportation beginning at 7:00 p.m. tonight. 

Residents should immediately start their Friends and Family Sheltering Plan as authorities want residents to stay in homes on higher ground because it will provide the most comfortable situation during the storm.  

  • Officials said the following public shelters will open today at 1:00 p.m., including:
  • Nassau Community College - P Building - located at 1 Education Drive in Garden City East.
  • Levittown Memorial High School - located at 150 Abbey Lane in Levittown
  • Locust Valley High School - located at 99 Horse Hollow Road in Locust Valley.
  • SUNY Old Westbury - located at 223 Store Hill Road in Old Westbury.

Nassau County also announced the opening of shelters at various locations:

  • A pet shelter will also open at Nassau County Mitchel Athletic Complex, Administration Building, in Uniondale at 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
  • A Special Needs shelter will open at Nassau Community College - CCB Building - located at 1 Education Drive in Garden City East at 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
  • An Orthodox shelter will open at West Hempstead High School - located at 400 Nassau Boulevard in West Hempstead at 7:00 p.m. Sunday.
  • Residents should utilize coastal evacuation routes, which include: Peninsula Blvd, Long Beach Rd., Meadowbrook Parkway and the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway.
  • Officials remind all residents throughout Nassau County to tie down and secure all items outside their homes, as flying debris can be deadly.

All non-life threatening emergencies should be directed to the County's Non-Emergency Hotline at 1-888-684-4274. Residents should only contact 911 if there is a life-threatening emergency.

To learn more about hurricane preparation, including assembling an Emergency Go-Kit, residents are encouraged to visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/hurricane

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