Waterfront areas prepare for tidal surge

Watercraft owners and marina operators all over the Hudson Valley are busy today as they prepare for Hurricane Irene.

Owners are pulling everything from boats to Jet Skis out of the water because they say it's just too risky to keep vessels docked. Joseph Pirzinger says, "It's better safe on land than in the water just in case the tide comes high over the pilings, and the docks break loose - it's just not worth losing the boat."

Owners of waterfront property are also concerned. Tennie Eisler lives in a condo complex overlooking the Long Island Sound and says she is worried: "I am nervous. This is the first time in all the years I've lived here that I've really been somewhat concerned."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is advising that anyone in low-lying or flood-prone areas to brace for possible evacuations. FEMA Director Craig Fugate says the storm is likely to have an impact well beyond coastal areas and residents shouldfollow whatever instructions they are given by local and state authorities.

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