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Army Corps Anti-Flood Plan: Elevate 4,500 Homes on Long Island

Monday, September 09, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to elevate nearly 4,500 homes on eastern Long Island in order to prevent damage from future flooding.

The plan, which will be presented to local officials later this month, would use $700 million from the federal Sandy aid bill.

The Army Corps has not specified which homes it will raise, but says they are located on the Long Island side of the Great South Bay.

The plan also calls for natural buffers like salt marshes. And about 34 homes on Fire Island would have to be acquired and demolished to make way for dunes.

Several levels of approval are still needed. The entire project could take five or six years.

 

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desire dryhouse from amityville

This program would be great for my home and many of my neighbors along the Great South Bay, any help would be welcome. We live in constant awareness of the tides during possible storms. The street in front of my house has never flooded so frequently. I believe that the Sandy storm may have lowered the elevation of surrounding bulkheads and street centerlines somewhat and along with the changes out in the marshes and along the oceanfront it has made many properties more vulnerable. Any program that lessens property loss and further insurance claims will be good for everyone. Selling my home and moving to higher ground is no longer an option with any economic feasibility for me.

Sep. 09 2013 04:39 PM
Brooks White from Brooklyn

At whose expense will the Corp do this? Are the homeowners paying all or a majority of the cost and if not, why not? Could the government use eminent domain and take the property for public use? Would this be less expensive?

Sep. 09 2013 09:40 AM
Constantine KARALIS from Ocean Beach, NY

Is there anything published on this plan and are there any details on the Fire Island dunes?
CK

Sep. 09 2013 09:27 AM
Jessica Gurevitch

These are interesting local stories, but I can't believe that WNYC has so totally missed the boat on the gutting of scientific research at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. This is a BIG, important local story with national implications, and despite being notified about what has happened, WNYC continues to totally ignore this major story. I hope this gets your attention.

Sep. 09 2013 09:05 AM

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