In the Netherlands sea barriers have been built across the delta region to help alieviate flooding. The barriers are left open but are closed when waters rise. “We have five ocean outlets here where the surge caused damage,” said Mr. Berg. “Perhaps there is a role for sea barriers for our inlets. We’d have to look at the cost of this verses elevating homes,but it is a consideration. We should look at all ideas, all plans and see how to make this work for us.”
This kind of regional planning will be discussed at a joint committee meeting for the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program on December 10 at 7 p.m. The planning committees representing the communities of Massapequa, Seaford, Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick, Freeport and Baldwin will meet to discuss regional plans. They will meet at the Merrick Road Park Club, 2550 Clubhouse Road in Merrick. The public may attend and listen but will not have an opportunity to comment. The public will be invited to actively participate at a later date.