LONG BEACH - Hurricane Sandy could be more severe than Irene, which has the City of Long Beach preparing for the worst. City Hall is providing sandbags for residents to surround their homes' foundations with in order to absorb flooding. City Manager Jack Schnirman says Irene cost the city more than $2 million in damages, so they're taking Sandy very seriously. He says city officials are coordinating with both Nassau County Emergency Management and Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) ahead of the storm.

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