West Gilgo Beach (WALK) - After superstorm Sandy, Long Islanders were warned that damage from Sandy combined with climate change could make the South Shore more vulnerable to future storms. Less than a year after Sandy, that's already the case.
Emergency repairs are being done this week on several lanes of Ocean Parkway near West Gilgo Beach after an offshore storm washed away dunes in the area last weekend. The damaged dunes had just been repaired last spring as part of a post-Sandy repair project in the area that cost New York State $33 million total.
Planning experts say that such repair work will be needed more frequently as climate change brings severe weather to Long Island more frequently, and they recommend a more permanent plan. State officials decided on more of a "quick fix" after Sandy in order to fully re-open Ocean Parkway in time for the summer tourism season.
The weekend storm apparently pushed waves up over the dunes and washed sand over both eastbound lanes of Ocean Parkway. Sand will have to be trucked in to replenish the damaged dunes. The dunes will be reinforced using sand from a dredging project at Fire Island Inlet.
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