A day after Hurricane Irene blew through Long Island and floodwaters receded, Lindenhurst was among the south shore communities to see the worst damage to local docks.
The village dockmaster said the popular Lindenhurst docks at the end of Wellwood Avenue are closed to the public until next season, although boat owners who have vessels currently docked there can stay. Damage assessments are still in the early stages and temporary decking will go up so shortly.
Village officials reportedly said the cost of repairs is too early to estimate and that Lindenhurst docks were the worst hit in all of the Town of Babylon.
Half of the docks in Davis Park on Fire Island were reportedly destroyed, bulkheads were washed away North Fork and in Hampton Bays, the storm surge washed a 28-foot sailboat into a man’s front yard. Lobster pots and other fishing gear littered the steets of many Long Island neighborhoods as well.
Back in Babylon, Bergen Point docks were still open to the public and anglers didn’t seem to mind the twisted docks. Nearby, crews at bergen point sewage plant were busy cleaning up planks of wood from neighboring bergen point docks.
Babylon docks showed no evidance of damage. Other than a few lingering large puddles and sand bags in front of businesses, there was little evidence of a storm.