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Letter: Some flooding fears are overblown

Flooding and debris caused by the surge from

Flooding and debris caused by the surge from superstorm Sandy remain in Mastic Beach Village. (Oct. 31, 2012) Photo Credit: Amanda Voisard

Making smart rebuilding decisions requires understanding of the real reasons that water has submerged our streets lately ["For sale (as is)," News, March 17].

Targeting low-lying communities, elevating homes and driveways, and modernizing storm drains will transition future large coastal storms from expensive human catastrophes into simple inconveniences.

Most of us have never seen a winter with more large coastal storms and flooding. Yet Long Islanders have become hardened into thinking that if we didn't lose power for 10 days, get two feet of snow, or have to wait on gas lines for three weeks, it must not have been a big storm.

The nor'easter that hit on March 7 was big, and it flooded 1,000 miles of coastline from the mid-Atlantic to Massachusetts. Assertions that there is a localized flood factor from the Old Inlet breach is a misdiagnosis that could lead to improper treatment and irresponsible spending of money desperately needed elsewhere.

Carl LoBue, Cold Spring Harbor

Editor's note: The writer is a senior marine scientist at The Nature Conservancy on Long Island, an environmental protection organization.