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Lloyd Harbor Assesses Irene Damage

Erosion and damage to the park will take time to repair, according to village officials.

Beach erosion and park damage caused by Hurricane Irene could take sometime to fix in Lloyd Harbor.

That was the word from village Highway Superintendent Bob Schwartz and other village officials Monday at the first village Board of Trustees meeting since the storm passed through earlier this month.

Irene left "substantial damage" in the village, especially in the park, according to Schwartz. Trees were downed and "the tennis courts took a hit."

Schwartz said fixing the beach would require permits from both the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Army Engineer Corps.

The village is currently waiting on an insurance company damage repair estimate regarding the tennis courts. An upcoming preliminary meeting with FEMA will assess overall village damage.

During the meeting, praised the work done by the village's police force and highway department to prepare for the Hurricane Irene and its aftermath.

Mayor Leland Hairr said personnel camped out at village hall during the storm without electricity so they could be ready to clear downed trees and assess the damage immediately following the storm.

Shelters were made available by the village for residents in case residents had to be evacuated.

"We could say we were prepared," said Hairr.

Village police received 89 calls on Sunday and Monday during and after the storm, according to a report filed by Lloyd Harbor Police Chief Charles Flynn. No serious injuries were reported.

As a result off the hurricane, the board unanimously approved an upgrade to the 's generator which could only run for about 30 hours during the storm because of limited fuel supply. At the meeting, the board approved an upgrade which includes two 100-gallon propane tanks, which will keep the generator running for about five days.

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