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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 17,11:36 AM

Sustainable Long Island Awarded $130K for Long Beach Recovery Work

Sustainable Long Island, a non-profit organization that has been working toward economic development, environmental health and social equity for Long Islanders since 1996, has just been awarded $130,000 in grant funding from the Unitarian Universalist ...

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Sustainable Long Island, a non-profit organization that has been working toward economic development, environmental health and social equity for Long Islanders since 1996, has just been awarded $130,000 in grant funding from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in support of its focused recovery efforts in Long Beach following Superstorm Sandy.

"UUC's funding allows Sustainable Long Island to work comprehensively and holistically with every stakeholder in Long Beach on the road to recovery following Superstorm Sandy, ensuring the community is involved in every step of the process," said Sustainable Long Island executive director Amy Engel.

"This grant is a game-changer as it enables Sustainable Long Island to continue our efforts in Long Beach with the goal of meeting the needs of the many underserved residents throughout the community."

Working with the City Manager’s office, residents and business owners alike, Sustainable Long Island wasted no time in developing plans to rebuild and revitalize Long Beach after the storm.

Building a stronger Long Beach boardwalk, the centerpiece of the city’s community life and tourism, topped the organization's list of initiatives. Through focus groups, public meetings and surveys, the group gathered information from over 2,500 people that was incorporated into the boardwalk planning process.

"The unprecedented community outreach initiative that Sustainable Long Island spearheaded concerning the Long Beach boardwalk rebuild was phenomenal," said Long Beach city manager Jack Schnirman. "They truly are a tremendous organization and we are thrilled to continue partnering with them on projects as the city's comeback continues."

With a focus on five key areas, the organization will continue collaborate with Long Beach to rebuild and revitalize the city:

  • Strengthen the city’s all-important tourism industry through collaboration with the local development corporation and creation of a marketing campaign.
  • Assist the community's large Hispanic population to find new housing, develop new job skills and deal with psychological issues in the aftermath of the storm’s devastation.
  • Reinvigorate the local economy by providing technical assistance and services to business affected by the storm.
  • Develop a community garden or youth-managed farmers’ market to increase the community’s access to healthy foods.
  • Create an economic recovery internship for college students, which would include environmental disaster recovery, community outreach and public engagement.

 

"Soon into the boardwalk redevelopment process, it became apparent to Sustainable Long Island that we weren't just addressing the economic, business, or tourist component of recovery,” Engel said. “We were addressing something much more: the human component, the people component. That to us is what makes the greatest impact."

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