Governor’s Office Of Storm Recovery And Town Of Hempstead Supervisor Gillen Unveil New Design Plans To Protect Thousands Of Homes From Storm Surge And Flooding

$3.7 Million Project Includes Creation of New Bulkheads, Wetlands and Berms in Brook Road Park

State and Local Officials Join Local Homeowners Affected by Superstorm Storm Sandy in Unveiling Critically Needed Shoreline Resiliency and Flood Prevention Projects


(VALLEY STREAM, NY) March 9, 2018 – Officials from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery joined Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, Councilman Bruce Blakeman and State Senator Todd Kaminsky at Brook Road State Park to unveil final flood prevention and resiliency measures to protect thousands of homes from storm surge and tidal flooding in South Valley Stream. The $3.7 million community-driven GOSR Community Reconstruction project includes the installation of new vinyl bulkheads in Brook Road Park, along with the creation of tidal wetlands, a pedestrian boardwalk, and elevated berms along Hook Creek. Construction should begin in late Spring and will take approximately 12 months.

“Building our infrastructure safer, stronger and smarter is a top priority before the next disaster strikes,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen. “Hardening and raising our manmade and natural bulkheads with vinyl, as well as extending the height of our natural shoreline along Hook Creek, will help protect thousands of lives and millions of dollars’ worth of property. We’re thankful to Governor Cuomo and his office for providing the Town with the needed resources for this critical project.”

“The shoreline improvements in Valley Stream are vitally important to the community on several levels,” said local Councilman Bruce Blakeman.  “The structural enhancements will decrease our flood risk, while the new designs to Brook Road Park and its pathway will increase the aesthetics and provide the community with a wonderful refuge.” 

“More than five years from superstorm Sandy, flooding is still a major problem in South Valley Stream. This game-changing project will go a long way toward dealing with that issue, while at the same time providing greater recreational opportunities for residents there. Shovels will be in the ground in the next few months, and I am proud to work with Supervisor Gillen to move this critical project forward,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky.”

Laura Munafo, Deputy Director, New York Rising Community Reconstruction for Long Island, said: “This project grew directly from community engagement and a thoughtful, collegial process that brought forward feasible concepts that could benefit the town as a whole. This is what Governor Andrew Cuomo envisioned when he created the Community Reconstruction process. This investment right here, right now, is critically important: we will never forget what Sandy did to us and every time the winds and waves pick up, as they have twice in the last two weeks, we are reminded of the work we need to finish to keep New Yorkers and their communities safer and more resilient.”

Flooding during Superstorm Sandy affected more than 1,600 residential properties and 24 commercial properties in South Valley Stream, overtopping bulkheads and inundating homes in Mill Brook and North Woodmere. Since the storm, stream banks in South Valley stream have continued to erode, leading to more frequent flooding in the area. The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery awarded approximately $3.7 million for the critically needed shore hardening and flood mitigating projects in Brook Rd Park and along Hook Creek. The plans unveiled today call for raising the elevation of banks around Jamaica Bay up to approximately seven feet to protect homes and businesses that continue to be at high and extreme risk of catastrophic flooding. Officials are also hopeful that the new flood mitigating improvements will help local homeowners save money on flood insurance premiums, which have skyrocketed since Superstorm Sandy.



Governor Cuomo mandated that GOSR’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program be locally driven and inspired, enabling residents and business owners to become actively involved with their communities’ recovery. This flood prevention and drainage initiative grew from this process to empower residents in making funding and project recommendations. Statewide, more than 650 New Yorkers served on 66 NYRCR Committees that have collectively proposed approximately 700 local projects. Funding for both planning and project implementation comes from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), as part of its Community Development Block Grant–Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program.

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