De Blaz Announces Army Corps Update

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On the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bill de Blasio reiterated that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is on its way to giving final approval on the plan to keep Rockaway safe from future storms.

With the plan pending final approval, de Blasio and USACE are hopeful that measures, like groins to prevent beach erosion, will begin in 2020.

The full plan for Rockaway Beach calls for a reinforced seawall/dune that will stretch from Beach 9th Street to Beach 149th Street, an increased beach berm width with 1.6 million cubic yards of sand for initial placement, the extension of five groins already in place and the construction of 13 new groins – all designed to help reduce the risk from future coastal storms and provide additional resiliency for the residents of this community. Subsequently, the Army Corps plans to advance additional flood prevention projects, including High Frequency Flooding Risk Reduction Features, on the bayside of the peninsula.

“We are moving rapidly to lock in the final approvals and get this vital resiliency project underway,” de Blasio said in a press relase. “For years, residents in the Rockaways have called for these measures to protect against future storms. We are closing in on the final steps needed to make them a reality, and give these communities the safety and the peace of mind they deserve.”

The report is currently with the Assistant Secretary for the Army for Civil Works for review and final approval. Once the report has been approved, USACE will move forward with the first contract related to this project.

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