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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Seeking protection from the storms
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Monica Rzewski/Herald
The Five Towns, along with several other Nassau County communities, will be included in a Army Corps of Engineers study to address flood risks. Above, after Hurricane Sandy, Meadow Lane in Lawrence was under water.

Though a portion of Cedarhurst flooded as water rose out of Mott’s Creek — a tributary of Jamaica Bay — the village received only $4,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair 180-feet of damaged bulkheading and a duct valve that regulates the flow of water, Parise said. Mott’s Creek is located alongside Lawrence High School.

The school and surrounding neighborhood suffered extensive flooding; flooding that led to the closing of the school for nearly three months as the building’s electrical system was corroding. One of the school’s two boilers was damaged and officials had to bring in a temporary boiler.

The other county communities to be included in the study are Long Beach, Island Park, Oceanside, Baldwin, Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh, Seaford and Massapequa. “Storm and flooding protection for back bay communities on Long Island is an area where federal resources need to dedicated in order to avoid repeated tragedies,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray said in a release.

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