Sea Gate

$100K approved for Sandy repairs in Sea Gate

July 20, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Shown are damages to a beachfront house in the Sea Gate community after Superstorm Sandy hit in October 2012. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries announced on Monday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $100,000 funding for phase one of Sea Gate’s proposed bulkhead project through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

The perimeter bulkhead and sea wall of Sea Gate that previously protected the homes and buildings from storm surge and flooding was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, leaving Sea Gate and the surrounding areas of Coney Island vulnerable to future damage in the event of another storm. The approved project seeks to mitigate against future breaches to the bulkhead system and to safeguard and maintain the structural integrity within the Sea Gate community.

Specifically, phase one of the project includes the costs for the engineering design and analysis, surveying costs, permits and application fees as part of the project. Schumer, Gillibrand and Jeffries pushed FEMA to approve funding for this project. 

“This federal investment will help make sure this bulkhead project gets off the ground soon so that these communities are better protected in the event of a future storm,” said Schumer. 

Gillibrand noted that “New York is still recovering and these investments remain critical to provide much needed resources on the ground.”

“This grant of $100,000 in FEMA funding will play an instrumental role in protecting our shores in the Sea Gate community from the devastating effects of any future storms,” Jeffries added.

After Superstorm Sandy, the community of Sea Gate was badly damaged. Specifically, there were multiple breaches and breaks, centrifugal cracks, heavy separation of joints, concentric misalignments and the intrusion of sand and debris throughout the streets, homes and sewer systems. In most areas, the bulkhead was destroyed, leaving the Sea Gate and Coney Island community vulnerable to future damage. 

Overall, the bulkhead project will serve approximately 1,177 linear feet between Beach 48th Street to Beach 50th Street in Sea Gate. The project includes a large timber and pile wall with interlocking heavy vinyl sheeting acting to retain and also protect the land and property it is holding. The total estimated project cost is $2,800,000. Upon the timely completion of phase one, FEMA will consider the additional costs for phase two of the project; phase two of the project will include construction costs ($2,700,000).

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