Senator Wants Same Comprehensive Protection From Storms As Suffolk

MERRICK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the federal government to develop a plan to protect Nassau County’s coastline, similar to one in neighboring Suffolk.

Schumer said a plan for Nassau should focus on infrastructure hardening and flood mitigation along the southern shore in Sandy-battered communities.

“We want to make sure they come up with a plan to deal with the flooding that came up from the sewers in Merrick, in Freeport, in Oceanside,” Schumer said. “We may need additional catch basins with pumps, we may need a way to restructure sewage.”

Schumer believes Nassau should get the same kind of comprehensive protection from storms as Suffolk County.

He also urged the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to work with local officials and engineering experts to come up with a plan using its “Rebuild by Design” competition.

The competition is funded through the Sandy Relief Act.

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