Weiner Funds Rockaway Hurricane Study
Representative Anthony Weiner has announced a new $3,000,000 study designed to improve hurricane protection measures on Rockaway. The study, which will be conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is the next step in Weiner’s campaign to improve hurricane safety.
Rockaway is a narrow barrier beach that juts out from Long Island directly into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s home to over 100,000 residents, some of the City’s most popular beaches and cherished beach front property.
But during a hurricane or other dangerous storm, it’s one of the most vulnerable places to be. According to a study released by Rep. Weiner last month in the wake of the ‘Isabel’ near miss, several basic upgrades to the Rockaway’s hurricane evacuation plan haven’t been implemented, many as simple as posting evacuation routes along roadways and installing an evacuation siren.
The Corps/DEC study will focus on developing measures designed to limit damage on the peninsula during the next major storm. The study will focus primarily on ways to reduce storm induced and long term beach erosion, as well as prevention of damage caused by flooding and wave runup. The cost of the study is projected to be $3,000,000. A joint Federal and State project, cost will be covered by the Corps (75%) and the DEC (25%). Weiner secured the Corps share of the funding, or $2.2 million, through a federal appropriation.
Since his election to Congress, Weiner has secured $7.6 million for beach renourishment in the Rockaways. He has secured a commitment from the Corps to explore including groins and jetties in its reformulation study.
"The very features that make Rockaway one of Queens crown jewels, also makes it a vulnerable place to live during a storm," said Rep. Weiner. "It must be both the short and long term goal of those of us who love the Rockaway to make it a safe place to live, under any weather condition."
The study will begin this month. It is expected to be completed in 2006.