A Look Behind the Record Rainfall

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Long Island, N.Y. — The bar inside Jeremy's Ale House opens for business at 7a.m., even when there's more than a foot of water on Woodcleft Avenue.

"We're troopers in here!" bartender Tom Williams told me laughing. "This is the breakfast club!"

Jeremy's is on the "Nautical Mile," a strip of bars and restaurants along a canal on the Great South Bay in Freeport, Long Island. The town got hammered by the nor'easter blowing up the east coast on Sunday — but folks here are used to weathering storms, and are taking this one in stride.

"We're mopping up the floors and got the heat on high to help dry out," Tom told me. "No big deal."

When we got to Freeport at 5 a.m., the rain had tapered off. A few intersections were under water but the flooding was not severe. Then, as the high tide rolled in, the water began rising so quickly that my photographer Rob Ginnane and I watched the last bit of pavement in the center of the street disappear under our feet.

Within minutes there was water as deep as the floorboards on our SUV on portions of the road. We took a drive to videotape the area in between live shots and got reprimanded by a guy in the neighborhood, because the wake from our vehicle was pushing waves into his low-lying house.

Then, almost as quickly as the water rose, it fell, leaving chunks of wood, reeds, and assorted trash behind.

High tide could bring more flooding tonight, but Jeremy's will still be open for business.

Rick Leventhal has been a New York-based correspondent with the FOX News Channel since June 1997. You can read his bio here.