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This just in from the National Weather Service…

Notification issued on 5/23/13 at 3:30 PM. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning citywide until 5:30 PM. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots. Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground.

Looks like we’re in for it again. Has your street changed since Superstorm Sandy? Does Sheepshead Bay and our surrounding communities have new flood zones? Does your yard or street flood more often now since Sandy? Let us know. Send pictures and tips to tips@ sheepsheadbites (dot) com.


There was a time when I enjoyed snow and snowy days. There used to be a thrill in getting off from school, or work, and then adventuring out into the fluffy white stuff and frolicking around.

Those days are gone for me. I hate the winter and its frozen air, shutting us in our homes and whipping our faces with cold when we try and walk around outside. Sadly, it looks like we are about to get a big dose of winter this weekend, as Nemo blows into town.

According to the Weather Channel, Nemo could be a storm of historic proportions. I think I speak for about eight million people when I say this city has had its fill of historic storms recently and the promise of a new one does nothing but fill me gloom.

On the bright side, barring a miscalculation from the weather experts, Nemo will hit hardest in New England, burying Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine with two to three feet of snow while New York will only be dealing with about a half a foot of snow; annoying, but manageable.

So, just in case we get a taste of what is expected to be dumped on New England, it might be a good time to stock on groceries, reassess any serious weekend traveling and prepare for potential power outages caused by high speed damaging winds.

Best of luck and stay safe.

Kentucky National Guardsmen engage in a search and rescue mission March 3, in West Liberty, Ky., for survivors after torrential storms and violent winds destroyed much of the community there March 2. Photo by Spc. David Bolton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Kentucky National Guard.

As many of us are aware, a series of deadly tornadoes on March 2 and 3 cut devastating swaths of destruction throughout the southern section and heartland of the United States, including in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. At last count, 39 people were killed by the storms.

Among the more tragic reports emerging from the weekend of unimaginable horror was the death of 15-month-old Indiana toddler Angel Babcock, who lived for two more days after being lifted into the air by one of the deadly vortexes and then dropped in a field. Both of the little girl’s parents and two siblings had also been killed by the tornado.

For those who are looking to help those affected by these storms, State Senator Marty Golden’s office has compiled a list of ways we can contribute financially and help our fellow Americans put their shattered lives back together. According to Golden:

“Many local governments and voluntary agencies are providing shelter for disaster survivors displaced by the storms, but the road to recovery will be a long one and further assistance is always welcome. For those seeking a way to help out our fellow Americans in this time of need, I have provided a list below of some non-profit agencies and the different ways one can contribute.”

By Texting:

  • Sending “REDCROSS” via text message to 90999 will charge $10 to your next cell phone bill to distribute to the American Red Cross.
  • Sending “STORM” via text message to 80888 will charge $10 to your next cell phone bill to distribute to The Salvation Army (You will need to reply “yes” when asked).


By Phone:

  • The American Red Cross can be reached at (800) RED CROSS (800-733-2767).
  • Feeding America can be reached at (800) 771-2303 (National Office).
  • The Salvation Army can be reached at (800) SAL-ARMY.

By Mail:

  • American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013
  • The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, Ga. 30384-0339

Birthday girl Victoria Gershik with "The King." Click to enlarge. Source: Facebook

No, it’s not Plumb Beach’s birthday. I don’t think any of us know the exact date and year the universe spit Plumb Beach out of its womb.

It’s local resident Victoria Gershik’s birthday and, to celebrate, she is calling upon friends, neighbors, neat freaks, environmentalists, and anyone who wishes to lend a helping hand, to assist her with a cleanup of the beach this Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Gershik, whose birthday is actually March 1, wrote on Facebook that she likes to run and spend time with nature at Plumb Beach as much as she can and is using her birthday “as an excuse to do something that I’ve been wanting to do, which is spend an hour or so ‘cleaning’ the beach and sharing the beauty of the beach with others.”

There are many items on the beach that I think I’d like to remove though it must be said that the unwanted items that do end up on the beach become part of this beach landscape and create it’s [sic] own reality, sometimes beautiful, haunting, frustrating, inspiring, or ugly. Items like Dayquil bottles have their own charm but I guess I’d still like to remove some of these items from the beach to see what effect it’ll have.

According to Gershik, there will be an “opening circle” at around 9:30 a.m. and then a “closing circle” at 10:30 a.m. for those who wish to participate. This writer is unsure of what opening and closing circles are, but so long as no one gets hurt, that is all that matters.

The birthday girl will be on the beach wearing a pink hat so you can easily spot her. She suggests that you feel free to “start picking up items you think you don’t want to be on the beach and choose whatever spot you’d like to work on.” She also asks that you might consider bringing your own garbage bags and gloves to pick trash. Also: “It can get very windy so wear hats, scarves, and warm jackets.”

For more info, check out her Facebook events post.

Snow Shuts NYC Parks

Notify NYC has issued the following alert:

ALERT issued 10/29/11 at 8:00 PM. No one should enter any City Park until further notice. Heavy snow and strong wind gusts, combined with full leaves still on trees, are damaging thousands of trees in parks throughout the City. This is creating an elevated and ongoing danger of falling branches and trees. City crews are working to address the damage and will continue throughout the storm.

Stay home tonight folks. Or at least stay out of the parks.  It’s dangerous and slippery out there.

Dozens of volunteers gathered at Plumb Beach today to help clean up debris and garbage that accumulated in the wake of Hurricane Irene last month. Some of the trash was also left behind by inconsiderate beachgoers and others on the stretch of beach near the Belt Parkway rest stop, east of Knapp Street.

Keep reading and view a photo gallery of the cleanup.

Plumb Beach as of August 25, pre-Irene. Photo by Erica Sherman

The New York City Audubon Society posted this September 17 event to the day after Hurricane Irene was downgraded to tropical storm status:

As part of the International Coastal Cleanup 2011, we will be cleaning Brooklyn’s Plum Beach on Saturday, September 17th. This event not only removes garbage and debris from this important site for wildlife and people, but helps raise awareness about coastal conservation. The cleanup goes from 10 am – 2 pm and we will provide all the tools and equipment you need. Plus, we will provide bus transportation to and from the NYC Audubon offices in Manhattan to make it easy for folks that don’t have their own transport. Please join us!

And in related news, Sheepshead Bites’ venerable editor, Ned Berke, is feverishly twitching because they spelled “Plum” without the “b” at the end. Ah, well… you can’t win every battle, old chap.

You must RSVP for the coastal cleanup by going to the link.

Federal funds could've gone towards repairs like the damage to this utility pole.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency overlooked Brooklyn in its declarations of disaster zones, which would have opened a much-needed spigot to federal funds for cleanup efforts following Hurricane Irene.

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Well, it feels like that, anyway. And, after yesterday’s 19-inch blizzard, New York City broke the 86-year-old record for January snow. Hurray! We did something!

Here’s a bunch of excellent photos from neighbors.

Thanks to Allan B., Tony G., Donna C. (and husband), Qiji W., Elina N., ShadowLock, Allen V., Judith B., dna621, Allan R., Marina F., Paul K., and Tina M. for their contributions.

View the photos.

Apparently one tree had enough with this damn weather, and decided to give in to the weight of all the snow landing on its limbs. Georgiy Y. tells Sheepshead Bites that this tree toppled over early this morning, across the street from Coney Island Hospital on Nixon Court and Ocean Parkway.

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