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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 11, 2016
SOUTHAMPTON TOWN DECLARES EMERGENCY TO REPAIR SAND OVERWASH DUNE
At a special Town Board meeting on Thursday, Feb 11, the Southampton Town Board approved a contract with First Coastal to restore a 500 foot section of Dune Road that has over washed into the bay as a result of the recent storms and high tides. The location is approximately 2.5 miles west of Ponquogue Bridge and 1,500 feet east of Triton Lane. The over wash was first identified on February 8th resulting from the increased storm surge and wave heights associated with Nor’easter Mars impacting the area.
Supervisor Schneiderman also declared a limited state of emergency in order to expedite the needed repair. The emergency declaration allows the Town to accelerate the required coordination with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to move sand to rebuild the berm. It also allows the Town to request help from the Suffolk County Department of Public Works to bring in heavy equipment to reconstruct the berm.
The plan is to move in five thousand cubic yards of sand from an existing stockpile in order to shore up the area by creating a 500 linear foot long, 10 to 15 feet high with a 50 to 75 foot base berm.
“Since the over wash,” Supervisor Schneiderman stated, “there has been increased local flooding in low lying bay side communities. We are taking these emergency measures in order to protect Dune Road as well as those local communities.” He added, “I am impressed with how quickly our staff responded to this emergency with a very complete mitigation plan.”
Dune Road west of Ponquogue Bridge to the Quogue Bridge may be flooded in some areas during high tides and could be impassable. Temporary closures may be necessary.
For more information contact:
Connie Conway Office of Supervisor Jay Schneiderman Town of Southampton 116 Hampton Road Southampton, NY 11968 (631) 283-6055 ext. 1867