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Army Corps Plan For Storm Surge Barrier Raises Concerns On Long Island

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to build a mile-long floodgate near the Throgs Neck Bridge to prevent flooding into New York City.

Residents on Long Island’s North Shore expressed concerns at a presentation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week over the plan to build a mile-long floodgate near the Throgs Neck Bridge to prevent flooding into New York City. 

It’s called a storm surge barrier. It’s one of a long list of gates, levees and other mitigation measures that the U.S. Army Corps has proposed to avoid the type of damage that Superstorm Sandy caused in 2012. 

Long Island officials and residents agree it’s important to protect New York City, but they say their communities should not be sacrificed to protect the city in the process.

Local communities are concerned with the environmental impact that the barrier will have in their area.

Army Corps officials say they are drafting another report to finalize their plan. Public meetings will be scheduled for residents to voice their opinions on these plans.