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Army Corps to study bayfront flooding

The Army Corps of Engineers will include Nassau County's bayfront communities in a comprehensive storm protection study, Sen. Charles Schumer announced Wednesday.

The Sandy Relief Bill included $20 million for the study of future flood risks to coastal populations that were affected by superstorm Sandy, from Virginia to Maine.

"The need to study flood protections for the bayfront areas of Nassau County and Long Beach Island have been identified by previous congressional authorizations but never funded and completed, which makes today's announcement a major first step in putting these communities on a potential path for new federal mitigation measures," said Schumer in a news release.

Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg, (D-Long Beach), said: "I'm enthusiastic about any kind of study that will help protect our South Shore barrier beaches from another Sandy-like travesty."

Schumer noted that, historically, Nassau's bayfront communities have endured flooding on numerous occasions. After superstorm Sandy, the City of Long Beach, Village of Island Park, and Oceanside, Massapequa, Baldwin, Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh, Seaford, and the Five Towns, were extensively flooded along the bayfront area, he said.

Long Beach City Council president Scott Mandel said the body "has been lobbying for a bayside coastal protection study, and we are extremely appreciative of Sen. Schumer's assistance in securing significant funding for this critical study."

Schumer said the Army Corps decided to include Nassau's back bay at his request, after many constituents brought him these concerns in the aftermath of Sandy.

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