Flood-Prone Long Island Neighborhood Gets Much-Needed Makeover

Sophia Hall
September 11, 2019 - 4:02 pm
Hook Creek in Valley Stream

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VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- An area on Long Island known for constant flooding has been transformed into a beautiful parklike setting to protect nearby homes.

A few months ago, Hook Creek in Valley Stream was filled with garbage and nearby homes would see flooding everytime there was a storm.

"Especially during high tide when it was raining in the mornings," one resident told WCBS 880's Sophia Hall. "I would watch and think, 'Oh, it's getting really close.'"

Thanks to a nearly $4 million grant, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen said Hook Creek has been renovated, to include a pedestrian path and bridge.

Hook Creek in Valley Stream
Sophia Hall/WCBS 880

Best of all, she says, there's no more flooding after the shoreline was reinforced.

"Just on normal storms we could see flooding in this area because the banks were not that high, we had bulheading that was rotted out and really old," Gillen said. "We restored some of the marshland which acts as a natural barrier to storm surge, it eliminates contaminants that are in the water and in the storm surge."

Hook Creek has now become a peaceful destination where residents, like 10-year-old Maya, love to watch the birds, butterflies and turtles.

"The birds are really, really pretty. They're always flying around," Maya said. "When the turtles come up to lay their eggs they come up here."