Long Beach issued a 7 p.m. Tuesday curfew for the thousands of residents who ignored the mandatory evacuation order before Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge left the barrier island without power, water or sewer service.
Atlantic Ocean waves destroyed parts of the City by the Sea’s iconic boardwalk, washed away parked vehicles, buried the streets in sand and left boats in the middle of roadways. The city’s main lifeguard shack, which narrowly survived Tropical Storm Irene last August, is reportedly a total loss.
“The damage thas been done in Long Beach is catastrophic,” city spokesman Gordon Tepper told News12 Long Island while urging reidents to heed the curfew. “If your still here, you gotta be indoors as of 7 p.m.”
Nassau County health officials warned Long Beach and Mill Neck residents that the tap water is not safe for any use, even when boiled. Tepper noted that without working water or sewers, sinks and toilets will not work.
That’s in addition to widespread blackouts. More than 943,000 Long Island homes and businesses were withut power as of Tuesday evening, according to the Long Island Power Authority. The figure mkes up more than 90 percent of LIPA customers.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said Tuesday afternoon that 15,000 to 20,000 people in the city of Long Beach did not obey mandatory evacuation orders.
He urged the residents to leave the Long Island’s westernmost barrier island and stay with friends or in one of several Red Cross shelters open in the area.
Tepper said shuttle buses in front of city hall will take residents to a shelter at Nassau Community College.
-With Associated Press