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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal flood advisory in effect from 10 PM Thursday to 1 am EDT Friday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a coastal flood advisory, which is in effect from 10 PM Thursday to 1 am EDT Friday. * Locations...low lying coastal areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...around 1 ft above astronomical tides tonight and 1 to 1 1/2 ft Thursday morning and Thursday night. * Timing...minor flooding around the times of high tide Thursday night. Brief and localized minor flooding possible with tonight's and Thursday morning high tide. * Impacts...minor flooding of the most vulnerable Waterfront and shoreline roads...and adjacent properties due to height of storm tide or wave splashover Thursday night. Inundation of 1 to 1 1/2 ft above ground level in the lowest lying spots. A few Road closures likely with a low threat of property damage. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Thursday night... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. .................................(mllw/mhhw).................. Kings Point NY......1136 PM..10.5-11.0/2.7-3.2......minor..... Bridgeport CT.......1148 PM...9.6-10.1/2.3-2.8......minor..... New Haven CT........1147 PM....8.8-9.3/2.1-2.6......min-mod... Old Field NY........1150 PM...9.5-10.0/2.2-2.7......minor..... Glen Cove NY........1152 PM..10.4-10.9/2.5-3.0......minor..... -- Wednesday May.24 17,07:24 PM

Fire Island Debris Removal Set to Begin in January

A $30 million post-Sandy cleanup for Fire Island is set to begin in January.

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There will be many obstacles in reaching and hauling out debris Superstorm Sandy on Fire Island, where unlike on the mainland, there is little room to store damaged property until trucks can navigate the narrow roads and pathways to remove debris.  There are also weight restrictions on bridges and walkways that limit the amount of debris that can be collected at a time.

But that won’t stop crews from beginning the challenging process in January.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that $30 million has been allocated to fund the massive cleanup project.  
 
The joint effort will be conducted by New York State, FEMA and local municipalities, with supervision by the Army Corps of Engineers.  Fire Island residents are required to sign Right of Entry applications, allowing the Corps and its contractors to enter private property to access and remove debris, and clarifies the homeowners’ rights in the process while establishing the limits and responsibilities of the Corps crews.  The municipalities will be sending out the applications to residents.  
 
“Fire Island is enormously important to the economy and quality of life for Suffolk County and our State,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement, while praising the cooperation of local municipalities and government leaders in tackling various logistical challenges to the post-storm cleanup.
 
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone welcomed the expertise of the Corps and FEMA, saying, “The resources provided by FEMA and the US Army Corps of Engineers to address debris removal on Fire Island is essential to the Suffolk County economy.” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
 
Local leaders, including Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci and Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, have pledged to meet the 75 percent expectation for Right of Entry application returns, in order to expedite the cleanup process.  
 
Fire Island residents can get additional information regarding the Right of Entry applications online at each municipality’s public website.
 
The efforts are expected to be completed before the tourism season opens later in the spring.
 
 
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