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Hearings Begin On Ways To Prevent Sandy-Like Floods

July 09, 2018 - 3:30 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- It has been nearly six years since Superstorm Sandy struck the region, and there are still no effective plans to prevent catastrophic flooding if a similar storm strikes.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, a series of hearings began Monday to address hardening the shorelines.

Piecemeal projects that just protect Lower Manhattan or the Rockaways do not make sense – that is the feeling of William Golden of the New York-New Jersey Storm Surge Working Group.

"Sandy was a regional storm with a regional impact," he said.

Golden wants the Army Corps of Engineers to pursue a regional remedy. Golden favors a storm surge barrier running from Breezy Point, Queens to Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

"This barrier system can protect the environment as well as protecting people," he said.

The Army Corps of Engineers is trying to narrow down a series of flood protection options.