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Stuy Town and Waterside Plaza Brace for Snow and Potential Flooding

By Heather Holland | February 8, 2013 12:12pm

STUY TOWN — Management at Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village and Waterside Plaza warned residents Friday to prepare for the coming snow storm — urging them to stock up on supplies and move cars out of garages in case the expected storm surges causes flooding.

Local residents in the complexes, still stinging from the flooding they sustained after Sandy, also  prepared to organize a band of volunteers to check up on elderly or disabled residents who might get stuck in their homes if the power goes out during the storm.

“I’m sure, given our experience with Sandy, the community will come together and form a band of volunteers who will be knocking everyone’s doors if we lose power,” said Susan Steinberg, chair of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association. “I’m doing the usual things…going out to get bottled water, make sure I have enough batteries, and getting canned and packaged soups.”

Compass Rock Real Estate, owner of Stuyvesant Town, sent a notice out to tenants, reassuring them that management was prepared to minimize the impact of the storm.

“We have made extensive preparations,” the notice says. “We have procured the necessary supplies, equipment, internal labor and third party contractors to minimize the impact of the storm to the best of our ability, and to deal with any subsequent effects from the storm, including preparation for expedient snow removal.”

Local hardware stores were also stocking up on supplies in preparation of the coming blizzard.

“We’ve got salt, shovels, and sleds for the kids who are usually happy to see them,” said Peter Bergida, co-owner of Town and Village Hardware, located at 337 First Ave.

Residents at Waterside Plaza weren’t too concerned with the snow accumulation, but said that management had advised them to remove their cars from garages in case of flooding.

“If I learned anything from Sandy, it’s to make sure you have plenty of books,” said Eugene Stavis, a resident of Waterside Plaza. “As a precaution, I’ve also ordered a solar power battery back up.”

Meanwhile, City Council Member Dan Garodnick urged management at both Waterside Plaza and Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village to prepare a back up plan in case employees aren’t able to reach the properties for clean up after the storm.

“It is important that all major property owners test their equipment and ensure that they have contingency plans for workers who cannot get in to operate snow removal machinery,” said Garodnick.