High tide flood over for South Queens: NWS

By Sadef Ali Kully

After two days of unusually high tide, the coastal flood warning ended Wednesday afternoon for parts of southern Queens, according to the National Weather Service.

Over the previous two days, members of the West 12th Road Block Association in Broad Channel posted photos of the rising tide in the morning on the civic group’s blog.

On Twitter, many Hurricane Sandy-affected residents tweeted out photos from Monday through Wednesday of streets filled with water.

A spokesman from the National Weather Service said the unexpected high tide was due to a strengthening coastal storm and the spring tide. A spring tide is the large rise and fall of the tide at or soon after the new or the full moon.

After the big blizzard hit the east coast, unexpected flooding due to high tide took over the streets in and around several neighborhoods in Broad Channel, Rockaway, Howard Beach and other parts of southern Queens, according to national weather officials.

According to the National Weather Service, a coastal flood advisory was issued for Tuesday and Wednesday for shore locations along southern Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Officials said tides were almost 1.5 feet to 2.5 feet above normal, and on Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 12p.m. for tides of 1 feet to 2 feet above normal. Officials warned that coastal residents should be alert for later warnings, take action to protect property and stay off of vulnerable roads.

The Office of Emergency Management said it had crews from the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Sanitation to help residents and commuters in the affected flood area.

Reach Reporter Sadef Ali Kully by e-mail at skully@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4546.

More from Around New York