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Little done to protect LI from disaster

A car lies buried in sand and debris

A car lies buried in sand and debris in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Long Beach, N.Y. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses.(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) Photo Credit: AP / Jason DeCrow

Watching the heartbreaking coverage of the Houston floods brings back painful memories of the effects of superstorm Sandy on our area [“Sandy lessons can help Texas,” Editorial, Sept. 1].

On the South Shore, homes were flooded and destroyed, and people everywhere lost power, some for long periods. In the city, subway and vehicle tunnels saw saltwater damage.

Today, almost five years after Sandy, there are people who are out of homes still in disrepair. The tunnels still have not been fully restored.

There was much talk about protecting Long Island from future flooding, but thus far it appears that too little has been done. Our street floods whenever there is a high tide. The situation can be remedied.

Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The images from Texas should be a wake-up call for our elected officials. There will be another storm here. Will we be ready?

Richard Levow, Bellmore

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