Long Beach gets $20M to protect bayfront hit by Sandy

The federal funding will go toward building bulkheading that officials say is needed to prevent future damage to the wastewater treatment plant and electrical substation.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has allocated $20 million for Long Beach to construct bulkheading to protect critical infrastructure on its north shore bayfront.

Officials said the funding will protect the city’s wastewater treatment plant, its water purification system, the electric substation and the LIRR station facing Reynolds Channel.  

The city’s infrastructure was flooded during superstorm Sandy six years ago when waves from the ocean met the bay and cut off electricity, sewage systems and drinking water for weeks.

“Superstorm Sandy woke us all up to the fact that we need to rebuild stronger, smarter, and safer, especially on our bayside,” Long Beach City Council President Anthony Eramo said in a statement last week. “This project will help protect our vulnerable neighborhoods, strengthen our critical infrastructure, and enhance our resilience for future storms.”

The city’s electrical substation serves the entire barrier island, including Point Lookout, Lido Beach and Atlantic Beach. The city also treats wastewater for residents in neighboring Lido Beach.

FEMA will reimburse Long Beach for building a half-mile of new steel bulkheading and an armored slope along the existing natural gas pipeline. The project also calls for bulkheading to be added next to the Long Beach Boulevard bridge and a barrier next to the LIRR tracks running over Reynolds Channel.  

The city will also build a pump station to pump 33 million gallons of water per day and upgrade stormwater infrastructure to reduce flooding in residential areas and coastal tidal wetlands. Read full article.