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"Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect from 7 PM to 11 PM EST this evening... * locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...3 1/2 to 4 1/2 ft above astronomical tides in the evening. * Timing...moderate coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide...between 7 PM and 11 PM. * Coastal flood impacts...potential for widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and adjacent properties due to height of storm tide and wave action. Inundation of 1 to 2 ft in the lowest lying spots. Road closures may be needed. Isolated structural damage may be observed along the immediate shoreline. * Shoreline impacts...elevated water levels in combination with 3 to 5 ft of surf are expected to cause beach erosion and splashover along the shoreline this evening. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is expected or occurring. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water...and take appropriate action to protect life and property. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for this evening... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......859 PM....10.6-11.1/2.8-3.3.....Min-mod.. Stamford CT..........821 PM....10.0-10.5/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... Bridgeport CT........818 PM.....9.5-10.0/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... New Haven CT.........817 PM......8.9-9.6/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... Old Field NY.........820 PM......9.3-9.8/2.0-2.5.....Min-mod.. Glen Cove NY.........900 PM....10.2-10.7/2.3-2.8.....Min-mod.. , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning remains in effect until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * Timing...the strongest winds are expected this afternoon into this evening. * High wind impacts...damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult...especially for high profile vehicles and on elevated roadway and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. , "Storm Warning" ...Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds and seas...northeast winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 6 to 9 feet. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Storm Warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 48 to 63 kt are expected or occurring. Recreational boaters should remain in port...or take shelter until winds and waves subside. Commercial vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions...and consider remaining in port or taking shelter in port until winds and waves subside. -- Monday Jan.23 17,07:36 AM

Erosion Remains A Hot Issue on the East End

The East Hampton Town Board weighs its options when it comes to erosion recovery.

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The commercial district of Montauk has long-been suffering from the effects of erosion, both in a natural sense and at the hands of Hurricane Sandy. While the east-end has seen its share of infighting and town-related difficulties in dealing with the erosion issue, a plan was enacted that involves a heavy portion of the eroded land to be rebuilt and restructured by the Army Corps. of Engineers and opened for public use once its completed in a few years.

The Army is set to tackle the issue near the Montauk commercial district, with vocal supporters in the form of Drew Bennett, who has been leading the Town Council’s erosion committee since its inception. “It’s important for the town to take action with deliberate speed. The Montauk commercial district is threatened,” Bennett, told East Hampton Town Board members in a meeting this past week. “We would encourage you to endorse the engineered beach and we would encourage you to endorse some interim action. And we urge you to act on both.”

The difficulties stem from the fact that there’s been a shortage of sand for the rebuilding of the regions most affected by Hurricane Sandy. While Wainscott has been under the microscope in terms of not having the requisite sand deposits available for private builders and town board members to begin excavation, the military’s plan to rebuild isn’t something that will go into effect immediately.  The East Hampton Town Board fully supports the Army’s plan to construct and engineered beach that is designed in such a way to weather subsequent storms, however; funding has yet to be provided and the Board is still weighing their options. “If the feds say, here’s money, and recommend hard structures, why wouldn’t you take the recommendations?” said Paul Monte, local business owner. “It’s ludicrous.”

Interestingly, both Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc and Councilwoman Sylvia Overby yet to give a plan designed by the Army a proper approval and are anxious to see what their plans could be.  “You guys have fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers of East Hampton,” Monte told the board, adding they should take “this once in a lifetime opportunity to have the government say, take this money and build a beach.”