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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT * WHAT...One to locally two feet of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for today's AM and possibly PM high tides near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...Northwest Suffolk, Northeast Suffolk, Southwest Suffolk, Southeast Suffolk, Northern Nassau and Southern Nassau Counties. * WHEN...Until midnight EST tonight. * COASTAL IMPACTS...Minor to locally moderate flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to locally 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. A few to several roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. A few cars may take on water and be damaged if not moved. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...3 to 5 ft surf likely for north shore of LI and north shore of south fork shorefront with Sat AM tides, which will likely cause beach erosion and possibly minor damage to shoreline structures. Along the oceanfront, surf should build to 4 to 8 ft tonight into Sun AM, with scattered dune erosion impacts during those tidal cycles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Minor to locally moderate coastal impacts are possible for the same north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for this evening's high tides as well. There is potential for more widespread minor coastal flooding along the southern and eastern bayfront communities of Long Island with the Sunday morning high tide.

NY Homeowners Opting to Rebuild Instead of Relocating After Sandy

The state is offering a buyout program for homeowners in low-lying flood zone areas impacted by Sandy, but it appears more are looking to rebuild.

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It’s been six months since superstorm Sandy hit. While there are still many homes in wreck, it appears a vast bulk of homeowners impacted are staying put to rebuild, according to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo at a recent news conference in Albany.

These homeowners in flood zones have the option to relocate by participating in a state buyout program. There was an initial sum of $171 million allocated for buying homes in low-lying areas where more frequent extreme weather has been taking place. This is also an opportunity for the state to reshape coast land.

Given such an option, Gov. Cuomo and Senator Charles E. Schumer – at the same news conference – indicated estimates that there were only a low number of homeowners interested in the buyout plan. Most are looking to rebuild.

The buyout program pays 100 percent of the home prestorm market value to those in the most flood-prone areas. There is a cap of $729,750 for single-family homes. Homes in other low-lying areas are offered market value of the property after the storm, but details still need to be ironed out.

The program is being financed by a $51 billion federal aid package given to states affected by the October hurricane. On Friday, the federal aid package was increased to $1.7 billion in New York State. A large portion of it will now go to helping homeowners with rebuilding so that there are more homes resistant to storm damage.

For the properties acquired through the buyout program, the plan is to keep some land as open space for natural buffers like dunes and wetlands while other properties will be redeveloped to withstand flooding and storms.

There’s a long way ahead to recovery, but efforts are being made to move the process along.