What will happen to all those cars that were caught in flooding in the northeast last week?
Some of them could come to Enterprise Park in Calverton for storage under a deal with Insurance Auto Auctions Corp of Illinois, the same company to which the city leased space for junk cars. in 2014. This company “announced its intention to use the 7,000-foot track, taxiway and other paved areas at EPCAL for the storage of damaged vehicles.
Riverhead City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on a resolution to reach a deal with the IAA that will allow storage of cars on the track and the taxiway adjacent to the 7,000-foot track at EPCAL, for an amount of $ 4,175 per month for 50 acres. The meeting starts at 2 p.m.
Supervisor Yvette Aguiar said it was the same deal and the same company that leased runways and taxiways to the city in 2014.
“These are cars classified as unusable because of the storm,” she said.
The remnants of Hurricane Ida – which originally made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm – brought heavy rains to parts of New Jersey, New York and western Long Island and resulted in severe flooding. The Associated Press reported that more than 40 people drowned in their homes and cars in the northeast.
Cars will not interfere with track space for the upcoming Scrambul drag racing series on the weekend of September 25-26. The supervisor said Scrambul has yet to put in place all environmental safeguards for their event.
She said the deal with the IAA is three months with an option for two renewals.
“They pay us a substantial amount of money,” said Mr. Aguiar. Specifically, the agreement states that it will continue for two additional periods of three months each, unless it is extended or terminated in accordance with the agreement.
According to its website, the IAA sells “lightly damaged, salvaged and unharmed vehicles, parts, cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles and heavy equipment at auctions across the United States. United “.