NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A year after Superstorm Sandy workers on Staten Island’s south shore were using 15,000 tons of sand to build a 10-foot-high berm.
As CBS 2’s Elise Finch reported, Crescent Beach was one of many communities on Staten Island ravaged by Sandy.
The city’s resiliency plan called for beach replenishment and the addition of dunes for the east and south shores of the borough.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg toured the site at Crescent Beach on Tuesday where the 2,000 foot long berm is going in.
“The trap bags will be completely encased in sand all the way around it, so you won’t see them. But if a storm happens, then that sand that’s on it – that foot or two of sand that’s there washes away – the core of the dune will still be there and still protect the neighborhood,” construction manager Everett Wade told Finch.
Nearly half of the south and east-facing homes there were destroyed during Superstorm Sandy.
The waves overran the beach and raced several hundred yards. The water rose as high as 10 feet.