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Yorktown Businesses, Homes Suffer Flooding

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The estimated 4-feet flood of water that covered Phil Cessase's business parking lot was not much of a surprise.

"This happens every time (it rains), and there's nothing we can do to stop it," Cessase said from a drier parking lot across the street. This owner of Cessase and Sons, who has owned the lot since the 1960s, said it flooded so badly during Hurricane Floyd they put a boat in the water.

"The town has to do something about the brook behind here or it's never going to change," he said. The brook overflows and floods Cessase's property as well as the home of Tom Rubino, a street away on Barger St.

Before the storm on Friday, Rubino was seen making piles of items on the perimeter in front of his house to stop the flooding. Rubino said the tropical storm that last hit his house left them with a flooded basement, a ruined boiler and even more water in the backyard.

Irene left more souvenirs in Shrub Oak in the form of flooding, downed trees and power outrages. At Lakeland High School a tree barred the entrance to the school. Next door at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, caution tape wrapped the perimeter of the building although the only observable damage from outside the school was a downed tree on the sidewalk.

Yorktown Supervisor Susan Siegel said the Yorktown Community Cultural Center would stay open as a shelter through Sunday.

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