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High Waters Cause Problems On Bronx's City Island

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Residents of City Island in the Bronx were cleaning up after Hurricane Irene caused flooding and downed trees Sunday. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

The new dock at City Island Yacht Club on the Bronx island of the same name could not withstand the force of the bay, which rose with a fury shortly after Hurricane Irene blew through. People who live along the beaches and coastlines were also unlucky.

"All the beaches on this side at least are destroyed. The water is pretty high up," said a local.

Ed Torres lost his seawall when the tide surged. He also found two unwanted boats on his lawn which had to be towed back to sea.

"Well, we had a wooden sea wall, it was pretty sturdy, but yesterday we decided to reinforce it with sandbags. And we laid out little over a thousand sandbags to enforce it. But as you can see, this storm beat us," said Torres.

Just a couple of blocks away, a whole neighborhood was flooded out. Residents said it is the lowest-lying area of City Island. While it is always the first to flood, it rarely does so this time of year. Floods usually come in the winter when there are nor'easters.

Most of City Island is in Zone B, but the flooded area was in Zone A, which had mandatory evacuation in the lead-up to the storm.

Eric Snapp, who lives in the flooded neighborhood, left his home last night and found a nearby tree fell.

"I just found it this morning. We spent the night above ground, as we were supposed to do. Came down here, saw the broken tree," said Snapp. "Thought, 'Man, my house is in really bad shape.' Then my eyes follow and I see the rain gutter is the only significant damage to my house."

Another house had its garage crushed by a tree.

"It's a very old tree. It's older than the house, and the house is 90 years old, but you never expected it to happen," said the house's resident.

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