New York Rising, the state’s storm recovery program that is spearheaded by local residents, will consider 18 proposed projects for the Five Towns that will be approved by March 2014.
Each area of the Five Towns has $3 million at its disposal while Woodmere has $6.6 million, pending state approval, for a total of $27 million. Proposed projects include Mott Creek and Hook Creek floodgates, building up the Meadowmere Park firehouse as a emergency shelter and dikes in Inwood and Lawrence (see the map above for all the proposed projects).
“We’re [going to] do what we can do mitigate future flooding,” said Ayo Yusuf, an engineer at Perkins Eastman hired by the state to work with the Five Towns.
The Five Towns NY Rising committee consists of Bob Block, Peter Sobol and Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky.
Atlantic Beach, Atlantic Beach Estates and East Atlantic Beach is also eligible for $3 million each for storm mitigation projects.