Fire Island beaches hammered by storm

FIRE ISLAND - As Irene moved away from Long Island Sunday afternoon, officials with the Town of Islip headed out to Fire Island to survey the damage that had occurred while it was under mandatory evacuation.

Officials say that while almost no homes were damaged by the hurricane, the barrier beach's protective dunes were virtually washed away.

Authorities say the Great South Bay remains high from the effects of the storm, which could lead to serious flooding in the area.

Islip Supervisor Phil Nolan says he and Fire Island Village officials plan to declare a state of emergency to expedite repairs to the beach, which he hopes will begin in a week.

State Park officials: Barrier beaches at risk because of IreneLong Island coastline expected to take beating

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