2013-05-10 / Community

Sanders and Richards:“Rebuild The Seawalls!”

Councilman Donovan Richards and State Senator James Sanders Jr. recently forwarded a letter to the Army Corps Engineers requesting that they rebuild a section of the seawall along the Jamaica Bay from Beach 66th Street to Beach 72nd Street.

Seawalls are one method currently used to protect coastal areas from tides and waves.

“I conducted a walking tour of the area …and I was shocked to see a lack of the bulkheads along our streets that should be protecting these homes,” said Richards. “This creates a very real element of danger. Not only do the bulkheads serve as a shield during storms, there were holes large enough to allow children to slip into Jamaica Bay. We need to solve issues such as these before they become situations where people were hurt.”

Added Sanders, “One of the critical components of Sandy (which) wreaked the most havoc was the storm surge.

“Southeast Queens needs to be better prepared to deal with the effects of dangerous storm surges by rebuilding the Jamaica Bay seawall. More emphasis was placed on Howard Beach, Breezy Point and Far Rockaway; however, the areas surrounding Jamaica Bay experienced severe damage. Our residents need to be as secure as we can make them.”

According to Sanders and Richards, the bulkhead along Jamaica Bay was already in poor condition before Superstorm Sandy and it is now mostly deteriorated.

They add that the portion of seawall in question has completely failed and experts are warning of larger calamities in the upcoming years.

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