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Frustrated Brookhaven Residents Call On Town To Reimburse For Flood Damage

'It's Consuming A Lot Of My Time That I Don't Have'
Selden Fire Hydrant

A new fire hydrant replaces one that ripped out by a snow plow in Selden, L.I., causing a flood. (Credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

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SELDEN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Months after several homes in Brookhaven were flooded when a snow plow hit a fire hydrant, some residents are still left wondering when they will get reimbursed for the damages.

Resident Trish Hatzisarris said she has made phone calls, sent e-mails and made visits to the town of Brookhaven but has still not been paid a dime to cover the $19,000 she said she is owed for the items that were lost, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported Thursday.

“It’s consuming a lot of my time that I don’t have,” Hatzisarris said.

The incident in February came just as criticism mounted over the town’s handling of the blizzard that dumped 30 inches of snow on some parts of eastern Long Island.

When the plows finally came, neighbors said a driver hit a fire hydrant and caused the flood.

Hatzisarris has a six-page list of items she said she lost after the flood, including a computer.

Hatzisarris’ neighbor, Jim Macaty, said that he may have to hire a lawyer.

“We figured they would do the right thing and step up. Evidently not,” he said.

A spokesperson for the town of Brookhaven told Hall a settlement offer was made, which the sides are currently negotiating.

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