Wading River flooding closes roads, disables cars

08/13/2014 9:36 AM |
A car was pulled out of a flooded Sound Avenue this morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A car was pulled out of a flooded Sound Avenue this morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Several streets remain closed after an overnight rainstorm dumped as much as 6 inches of rain on areas in Wading River and Calverton, town workers said.

Riverhead Town police have closed Fresh Pond Avenue, Hulse Landing Road south of Sound Avenue, and Brookline Court due to flooding in the roadway, according to a press statement.

The National Weather Service has issued an urban flood advisory until 11 a.m. due to possible “residual flooding” from rainwater runoff. According to the NWS’s data, most of Riverhead Town received about an inch of rain overnight, but areas in northern Calverton and farther west in Wading River reported higher amounts of between 3 and 6 inches.

Police and emergency officials have reported no traffic accidents since the storm, though officers have responded to roughly 15 calls for flooded roadways, dangerous conditions and disabled vehicles, police said.

Riverhead Highway Superintendent George “Gio” Woodson said highway crews have been working in the Wading River and Calverton area west of Sound Avenue since 7 a.m. to unclog drains and ease flooding.

Mr. Woodson said much of the rainwater is coming off the nearby farms, flooding the local roads.

“The rain’s stopped now, so you have to give water time to drain,” he said. “Give it a couple of hours and it should be back to normal by noon.”

psquire@timesreview.com

Highway crews pumping out a storm drain on Fresh Pond Avenue south of Sound Avenue Wednesday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Highway crews pumping out a storm drain on Fresh Pond Avenue south of Sound Avenue Wednesday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)