While City Island in the Bronx could be vulnerable to flooding, especially as Hurricane Irene changes direction, many residents seemed intent on riding it out. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
Despite being surrounded by water, City Islanders seemed non-plussed about the coming storm. On Saturday, they were securing their boats and stocking up on supplies. Many told NY1 that a little bit of flooding is certainly not going to scare them out of their homes, but that didn't mean people weren't taking the threat seriously.
Most of City Island falls under "Zone B" meaning evacuation is not mandatory. But a small portion, in the lowest elevations near the water is "Zone A."
"I'm 68 now, I've been on the island all my life, and my parents and grandparents. Nobody's ever run before," said one City Island resident.
"We go through storms all the time, and usually the streets flood, but I think this is going to be different. so I'm really nervous," said another.
At the local grocery store, provisions were beginning to run low - especially bread - as people stocked up.
"It started Thursday night, actually. And it's continuing on today throughout. I'm assuming it's going to be busy until we close around 9 p.m.," said store manager Paul Scavello.
"I'm looking for cold cuts, milk, bread. I know there's no batteries. I was down in the city last night and couldn't find them there either," said one shopper.
City Island is known for its seafood restaurants, and managers who spoke with NY1 said they planned on staying open. Some city residents even drove out to the island for takeout.
"Me and my family are having a last minute family event. We had to get some lobsters and shrimps before it pours over and rains," said one shopper.
If traveling by car, there is only one way on, and one way off the island, and that is City Island Bridge. For others, there are boats, and lots of them.
Boat owners were busy in the afternoon trying to moor their vessels to the docks, as a potential storm surge approaches.
"My boats were taken out of the water and these guys down here, we are helping them tie up their boats. I guess they didn't want to take them out of the water. Me, I didn't take no chances. I been around too long...ya gotta respect the water," said one boat owner.
It's still unknown how high the water will come up, or where potential problems may arise. But on City Island, which gets its fair share of flooding, people seemed intent on digging in, and waiting for the storm to pass them by.