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Southampton Goes To Court Over Sandy-Damaged Cars

A car damaged by superstorm Sandy (credit: Jackson Yordon via Facebook)

A car damaged by superstorm Sandy (credit: Jackson Yordon via Facebook)

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SPEONK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - The town of Southampton is going to court to force the removal of some 3,5000 hurricane damaged vehicles on private land in an aquifer protection district in Speonk.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

Environmentalists say they threaten the water supply and residents are deeply concerned. They say the cars could catch fire or leak chemicals.

“It’s a hairy situation as far as what’s the solution. For some reason all the cars are winding up out here,” one homeowner told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

That homeowner is among those calling for a quick solution to the problem. He says the water supply is just too important to mess with.

“If they’re there for months at a time, it’s going to be a problem,” he said.

In a similar situation, the Department of Environmental Conservation ordered the removal of some 9,000 damaged vehicles from Pine Barrens land in Calverton.

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