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Are Long Island shores ready for another Sandy-like storm surge?

On the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, federal funds are still flowing to Long Island to help rebuild. However, some experts question whether enough is being done to protect our homes and the

News 12 Staff

Oct 30, 2014, 1:00 AM

Updated 3,494 days ago

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Are Long Island shores ready for another Sandy-like storm surge?
On the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, federal funds are still flowing to Long Island to help rebuild. However, some experts question whether enough is being done to protect our homes and the shores if another big storm were to hit the island. In part four of News 12's Superstorm Sandy: The Long Road Back series, Stone Grissom finds out what is being done to prepare for another storm.
While the Island struggles to rebuild, many are looking forward to make sure the Island is ready. "You can't stop a storm from coming over your community, what you can do is plan for the future," says Jon Kaiman, chairman of NY Rising.
Since the storm, the federal government has allocated billions of dollars to strengthen and upgrade the South Shore infrastructure, which includes upgrading drainage, elevating roads and hardening the power grid. However, Village of Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy says he and other local leaders were not looking at the bigger picture. According to a Newsday study, only a fraction of the grant money will be used for projects that actually keep water out of the streets in a future storm.
"It will help the village and the South Shore, but it's not going to prevent flooding in the future," says Kennedy.
Some experts say that even though millions are being spent on infrastructure, more should be spent on bigger projects such as movable barriers, for example from Jones Beach all the way to Point Lookout on Lido Beach. John Cameron, of the Long Island Regional Planning Council, says that unless inlets are closed off, the island is vulnerable to storm surge. Currently, similar barriers are in use in Stamford, Connecticut. And while some say the barriers could come at a steep price, others argue it would be money well spent.
Superstorm Sandy caused $8.4 billion in damage to the region. So far, NY Rising has allocated $3.8 billion in block grants for the state.


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