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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to spend $200G on LI coastal flooding study

Homes near Southold Town Beach in Southold experience

Homes near Southold Town Beach in Southold experience some coastal flooding as snow falls on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Credit: Randee Daddona

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend $200,000 this year to study how to make Nassau County’s back bays more resilient to extreme weather and coastal flooding.

The money was included in a 2016 civil works budget released Tuesday by the Army Corps. Another $300,000 has been proposed for 2017.

On Monday, Sen. Chuck Schumer held a news conference in storm-flooded Freeport calling for a study of the region, saying a comprehensive look was necessary to protect homes, roads, property and people.

“We must make sure the vulnerabilities to our South Shore communities are addressed in the event of a future storm and this funding will help get that job done,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday in a statement.

The Army Corps did not return a request for comment about the split-year funding.

When superstorm Sandy hit in 2012, the storm surge and winds flooded areas, knocked down trees and damaged thousands of buildings. Since then, many coastal communities have complained of more frequent flooding, even during winter snowstorms.

Schumer said the Army Corps study would look at specific coastal protections — such as dunes, raised homes and sea walls — to help shield areas like Baldwin, the Five Towns and Oceanside from powerful storms.

Long Beach City Councilwoman Eileen J. Goggin said the funding was a sign of progress, but recovery will take time.

“On behalf of coastal municipalities, we share frustration with the pace of the progress,” Coggin said. “However, we will continue to aggressively advocate for additional state and federal funding to protect our neighborhoods from flooding, and to adopt a comprehensive approach to solving the issues that all coastal communities in our area are currently facing.”

Other funded studies will look at navigation issues and resiliency needs in the New York and New Jersey harbor area, as well as reducing river flooding in Westchester County.

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