Suffolk Executive Bellone seeks to close Fire Island breach caused by Sandy

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and other lawmakers want to close the breach. They blame it for flooding across the South Shore. Others say the

Some lawmakers blame the breach for flooding across

Some lawmakers blame the breach for flooding across the South Shore. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

FIRE ISLAND - A battle is brewing over a Fire Island breach created by Sandy.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and other lawmakers want to close the breach. They blame it for flooding across the South Shore.

Others say the inlet is not to blame for the flooding and that the breach actually helps clean out the water.

Bellone says it will cost $10-15 million, and that number will only grow as time goes on. He says he has sent a letter urging closure of the breach to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in hopes of getting the project approved.

Officials from the DEC did not return calls for comment.

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