Freeport, NY - December 2, 2016 - Village of Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy was joined by town and village officials in calling for multi million dollar flood gates to be built on Long Island's south shore to prevent major flooding from hurricanes and superstorms on Friday, December 2nd at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY at the Vision Long Island Smart Growth Summit.
Freeport proposed the idea after they were hit with six-foot waves during Superstorm Sandy, which caused millions in damages, flooded hundreds of thousands of homes, and destroyed businesses across the South Shore of Long Island.
The proposal would include building two gates – one at East Rockaway Inlet and the other at Jones Inlet on Long Island's South Shore. It would protect hundreds of thousands of local residents.
Similar major storm flood preventive gates have been successfully installed and used across the nation and the world, such as New Bedford Massachusetts, Stamford Connecticut and the Netherlands.