Army Corps looking into storm protection for the bay

Schumer: $20 million study of East Coast includes Long Beach, Island Park


The Army Corps of Engineers has secured federal funding to conduct a comprehensive coastal protection study of the East Coast that includes Reynolds Channel, in what U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer described as a major breakthrough to address flooding on the northern side of Long Beach, which sustained some of the worst damage during Hurricane Sandy.

Schumer said that Long Beach, Island Park, Oceanside, the Five Towns and other bayside communities in Nassau County that were extensively flooded during Sandy are now included in a $20 million study being conducted by the corps. The Sandy Relief Bill includes funding for the study to address the flood risks of vulnerable coastal populations that were affected by Sandy, an area that runs from Virginia to Maine.

“As sea levels continue to rise, it will get progressively worse,” said Joe Vietri, director of the Army Corps of Engineer’s National Center for Coastal and Storm Risk Management.

Long Beach endured record-breaking flooding, especially in the Canals and the West End. In some areas, the ocean met the bay, much of it sewage-tinged floodwater that inundated streets and homes.

“The need to study flood protections for the bay front areas of Nassau County and Long Beach Island have been identified by previous Congressional authorizations but never funded and completed, which makes today’s announcement a major first step in putting these communities on a potential path for new federal mitigation measures,” said Schumer.

Schumer’s announcement comes two months after the City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a $150 million Army Corps project for the oceanfront that was described as the first major step toward protecting the barrier island from future storms like Sandy.

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  • JimmyR

    It may be a little too much grand standing but at least its finally on the RADAR? There have been some very good studies that could be revisited that 20 million on top of could put boots on the ground quickly! Some from the very same influences that wish to buy a study again or have already been a part of one in the past? Short memories lead to shortcomings of which we have already had plenty of!

    A proposal was introduced after SANDY for the north end of the Long Beach Barrier Island which addresses the content of previous management plans and incorporates some out of the box conceptions worth serious considerations. It never grew legs and was tabled by immediate skeptics. If we revisit our past the solutions may be free as they all have existed for some time? More importantly is shortening the time to implement them before they fade away and resurface by throwing more money at them?

    That which I speak of was solicited but never documented... it wouldn't take much digging as it is still relatively fresh on the ground!

    The proposal discusses the Implications of a SEAWALL Protection Barrier and Corridor along the Northern Coast of the Long Beach Barrier Island

    Robust Flood protection for the total Long Beach Barrier Population saving billions of dollars in future catastrophic events while creating a singular boundary protection to the north vanquishing the need for private and public investments for mitigation which in themselves would save billions more and likely not be a comprehensive endeavor!

    The creation of a mitigated flood insurance pool which will contribute to the funding and security of Federal, State and Local resources for future disasters by paying into the system into perpetuity without taxing the funds in future events!

    The barrier island once again maintains its integrity as a protection for the wetlands and coastal communities to the North by limiting the impoundment of waters in storm events from passage over the Island as was evident in the Sandy occurrence.

    A fully maintainable infrastructure corridor for the implant of pipelines and utilities with uses into the future and the elimination of miles of costly land and submarine excavations consisting of one shot terms of use and no future accessibility!

    A combined use of limited funding opportunities to achieve state of the art utilities and protection while encompassing far more than individual projects can provide.

    It would be most interesting to get public scrutiny on the concept before the twenty million is spent.... as the whole project lies in the realm of affordability and incorporates practical long range solutions and applications for the future?

    This reader has a copy .......Perhaps the Herald will investigate and publish?

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