During the peak of the storm, Newtown Creek flooded throughout Zones A, B and C, and some waterfront areas experienced several feet of water. Luckily, waters receded quickly for the most part, but cleanup for many will be challenging, and the industrial zone is dealing with loss of electric power and shortages of gas for generators. Check out our photos from the storm, and our recap of Sandy’s visit and lasting impacts.
EPA will continue to provide updates and information through the Newtown Creek Superfund CAG website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact EPA’s Community Liaison at 1-888-283-7626.
From our friends at Riverkeeper:
“To avoid mold, remove standing water and dry indoor areas thoroughly. Discard anything that was wet for more than 24-48 hours, including mattresses, carpeting and rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam rubber items, books, wall coverings and most paper products. Wash clothing used during cleanup separately from other laundry and with hot water and detergent.
For detailed cleanup instructions, see this CDC Website or Fact Sheet. For additional tips, look to the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s flood site. If you need professional help in the New York City area, the DEP recommends contacting an environmental contractor. A list of contractors in the New York City area is provided by the Environmental Contractors Association.”
From Randy Austin at DEC Spill Reponse:
“If you get reports of people with oil in their basements from floated tanks, et. al., call the DEC Hotline, or our number for pumping out basement spills – 718-482-7376. It’s manned 9-5, 7 days a week. This number is only for interior spills not for stuff on the creek.”