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Weekend Flooding Has LIRR Riders Concerned Over Monday Morning Commute

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LIRR Commuters (credit: CBS 2)

LIRR Commuters (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Heavy flooding, responsible for several service disruptions on the Long Island Rail Road Sunday, has commuters bracing for a rough morning commute on Monday.

The LIRR had water problems all morning since about 5 a.m. Most of them have cleared up, with two exceptions.

Service has been suspended on both the Far Rockaway and Long Beach branches due to flooding and weather-related signal problems.

“Means we take the bus somewhere else and in to the city,” straphanger John told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

“The Far Rockaway branch has been bused since about 6 a.m. this morning. Busing will continue indefinitely because a lot of the yard is underwater,” Margie Anders, LIRR spokeswoman, told WCBS 880. “There’s a pump truck but it’s not doing much against the forces of nature.”

“As of 1 p.m., we’re also busing on the Long Beach line. Both Long Beach and Island Park are really flooded out. The tracks, the yards, everything is flooded. So that branch will be bused indefinitely as well,” Anders said.

Bus driver Frank Hohman came out to shuttle train riders.

“Today was my day off. I don’t mind coming in to help out,” he told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

According to the MTA’s website, buses are being substituted for trains from Valley Stream to Far Rockaway and Long Beach.

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