Hamptons still unprotected as storm season nears

Larry Cantwell and Sandy in the Hamptons

The Hamptons and a stretch of the South Shore on Long Island lack storm protections nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy.

The state and federal government have yet to review a $750 million Army Corps of Engineers project – known as the Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Study – that would reconstruct dunes and salt marshes. The plan would also allow for houses to be bought out from Montauk to Fire Island. Work is slated to start in September.

The project was technically authorized by Congress 54 years ago, and was finally funded as part of a Sandy relief program last year.

“Areas that were vulnerable two years ago continue to be vulnerable today,” Larry Cantwell, East Hampton supervisor told Bloomberg News. “It’s painfully slow, and as a supervisor, you fear the worst-case scenario: that while the paint is drying, we’re at risk to a catastrophic event.” [Bloomberg News]Mark Maurer

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