Lawmakers call on Army Corps of Engineers to help with flooding problems in Southampton

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An East End town is calling for help to stop flooding that officials say could become a disaster if not addressed soon.

Sundays on the Bay in Hampton Bays is open year-round, but server Scott Hayes says the restaurant on Dune Road has been forced to close its doors multiple times over the past few weeks after ocean waves swallowed the dunes right across the street.

Suffolk crews are doing what they can to address the problem, but officials say it's not enough. They worry that the next storm could wash away Dune Road and local businesses.

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to step in.

"It's only the federal government that has the power, with the barges and the pumps, to get the kind of sand we need, about 800,000 cubic yards, to protect the area, here at West Shinnecock, all the way down to Moriches and Fire Island," says Schumer.

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman says he has already declared four states of emergency over the past month and a half.

"We've been doing the best we can, almost in a David and Goliath kind of fashion ... what we've been able to build up here, is not likely to last the entire winter," says Schneiderman.

Schumer and Rep. Lee Zeldin are calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to immediately begin work on an emergency basis. The Army Corps did not immediately answer News 12's request for comment.

 

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