Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney are pleased to announce that the New York Rising Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funding has approved the Town of Hempstead’s request for $3,800,000 in funding for the Point Lookout community to protect against damages from future storms. Although over two years have passed since the superstorm devastated areas throughout the Town of Hempstead, for communities affected, the rebuilding process continues.
The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program was created to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. There are six communities within the Town of Hempstead that have been recognized as the most affected communities within the state of New York. The Town of Hempstead has filed the claim on behalf of the Point Lookout community.
“Hempstead Town has been aggressive in pursuing aid to mitigate additional financial impact for residents who have been tragically victimized by Hurricane Sandy,” stated Supervisor Murray. “We wanted the cost of these projects to not fall directly on the taxpayers, and the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program has made this possible.”
This funding will provide for the extension, repair and reconstruction of existing revetment along Jones Inlet in Point Lookout to protect against the damages from future storms. The project involves community storm damage reduction and protection, with construction of new, and the fortification of portions of the existing, stone revetment and dune system.
“We are grateful that the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program is helping the Point Lookout community to restore the revetment to protect the area from future flooding,” stated Councilwoman King Sweeney.
“The beach community of Point Lookout was extremely affected by Hurricane Sandy and it is comforting to know they are receiving much needed assistance to continue to rebuild and protect residents from future storms,” concluded Supervisor Murray.