SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.5 MILLION IN SANDY-RELIEF FUNDING FOR REPAIRS TO FIRE ISLAND PINES, DAVIS PARK & OCEAN BAY PARK
Wind, Storm Surge & Coastal Flooding from Superstorm Sandy Damaged Crossovers Throughout Fire Island; Concrete Crossovers Are Used by Pedestrians & Emergency Vehicles
Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.5 Million in FEMA Funding for Permanent Repairs to Concrete Crossovers Within the Town of Brookhaven; Funding Will Also Be Used on Mitigation Measures to Help Prevent Future Destruction of Crossovers
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced over $1.5 million in federal funding for the Town of Brookhaven to make permanent repairs to the concrete crossovers in Fire Island Pines, Davis Park and Ocean Bay Park that were damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The federal funding is being provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under authority of Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.
“Superstorm Sandy destroyed many areas throughout Brookhaven, including Fire Island’s concrete crossovers that are used by pedestrians and emergency service vehicles. This federal investment will help fund these much-needed repairs on Fire Island and help prevent future destruction in the event of another storm,” saidSenator Schumer.
“This federal funding will pay for repairs to Fire Island Pines, Davis Park and Ocean Bay Park after they were damaged by Superstorm Sandy,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These critical repairs enable pedestrians and emergency vehicles to access the parks and help protect against damage if another storm ever hits.”
Winds, tidal surge and coastal flooding during Superstorm Sandy caused damage to concrete and asphalt crossovers and a 60 lineal foot X 5 lineal foot sand retaining wall located on Fire Island in the Town of Brookhaven. The concrete crossovers are pathways used by pedestrians to commute throughout the hamlet. The pathways are also used by emergency and service vehicles.
FEMA’s award will provide $1,586,212 to the Town of Brookhaven for the repair of the concrete crossovers in Fire Island Pines, Davis Park and Ocean Bay Park. The funding will go towards force account labor and contractors to remove and replace concrete slabs, asphalt slabs and repair a retaining wall. The Town of Brookhaven will also add 12 inches of structural fill under all crossovers being repaired. These measures will help to mitigate the wash out and destruction of the crossovers should another storm event occur.
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