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Village In State of Emergency For Hurricane Sandy

Mayor recommends residents start preparations, especially those in areas where flooding has happened previously.

Patchogue Village is in a state of emergency and has been since 6 p.m. Saturday due to Hurricane Sandy, says Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri Sunday afternoon.

"People should be getting down to prepare everything," Pontieri said. He suggested that people should remove lawn furniture, remove stuff from basement floors, etc.

Pontieri also advised that residents that live in areas that have flooded in the past can expect flooding to potentially reach them again.

The Village has cleaned up the stormwater drains on the south end, picked up the leaves and swept them up so the drains do not get clogged. Pumps have also been pulled out of the poolhouse.

Village trustee Joeseph Keyes said that many of the preparations done for Irene in 2011 are being done again for Sandy, and that the warnings seem more severe for this storm.

Evacuations have not yet been announced, but residents who would like to leave the Village will have Sachem East High School, 177 Granny Road in Farmingville open for them as a shelter option. Buses will be scheduled to take residents to the school.

As previously reported, Patchogue Village Fire Department Chief Joe Perry said that the Village is ready for the storm.

Patch will continue to update storm preparations as they are available.

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