Cedarhurst community concerned about plan to build sea wall around Lawrence High School

The concrete barrier would cost $75 million to build and the district has turned to FEMA for help get it done.

News 12 Staff

Mar 15, 2024, 1:02 AM

Updated 39 days ago

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Neighbors in Cedarhurst are concerned that a sea wall potentially coming to the South Shore could cause more harm then good.
The Lawrence School Board is planning to install the 10-foot sea wall around the high school property. The concrete barrier would cost $75 million to build and the district has turned to FEMA for help to get it done.
The project has been in the works for over a decade after Superstorm Sandy damaged the high school.
Residents who live nearby, however, are concerned that the the water that the wall keeps away from the school will end up in their homes and businesses.
A public hearing about the plan was held Thursday where residents expressed their concerns with members of FEMA.
“This is our home, we don’t want to see it destroyed any more than they want to see the high school damaged,” says Gemma Allen. “That’s our intent – our intent is to let them just slow down and let them rethink it and figure out a way that everyone gets protected.”
FEMA spokesperson Don Caetano says it is built into the project to have pump stations to get rid of water and pump it into a local body of water during torrential rainstorms.
A final decision on the project has not been made. FEMA says the school district will weigh residents’ and that changes can still be made to the plan.


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