Brittany ComakJan 11, 2018, 5:49 pm

Hempstead wants to reinforce wetlands to protect against ‘next Superstorm Sandy’

Officials need permits from the state in order to start the project


POINT LOOKOUT — It's been more than five years since Superstorm Sandy slammed the Long Island coast. The Town of Hempstead is hoping to introduce a dredging project in Sea Dog Creek to reinforce wetlands that were damaged in the storm to protect homes from flooding in the future.

Hempstead Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and other town officials are calling on the state to expedite the process so they can begin work sooner.

"What we need to do is dredge the area and put the material back in the marshland to prevent further beach erosion. New York State has the ability to approve this quickly and we call on them to do so," Councilwoman Sweeney said.

In addition to keeping flooding to a minimum, officials say the project would also improve the different channels off of the coast for boaters, who have had trouble navigating the waters since the storm changed the landscape. Officials pleaded for the state to expedite the necessary permits, saying that the livelihood of many Long Island towns will be improved and preserved.

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