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A Look at Fire Island's Breach at Old Inlet

Sandy left her mark in devastating fashion on Fire Island.

The breach caused by Hurricane Sandy in October created a breach at Old Inlet, west of the Smith Point beach, on Fire Island.

The walk is for the hardy, especially in winter, but well worth the trek as Patch learned Sunday. While a majestic sight, it's one of sadness as well with so much devastation to the dunes leading up to the breach as well.

It's about a full hour walk from the Fire Island Wilderness Center to the breach and back.

The sunshine Sunday drew a few dozen souls who wanted at look at how Mother Nature can alter a barrier island.

Jack Latch January 28, 2013 at 07:06 PM
the south shore has changed substantially since 1938.....
Marshall Brown January 28, 2013 at 07:13 PM
So get to it then Jack! That's very very far away from Western Suffolk. Maybe its the Fire Island Inlet's the issue. That is much bigger and much closer to where you are. And The Army Corps of Engineers are set to take out 3 million cubic yards of sand to widen and deepen the inlet while rebuilding the dunes along Gilgo Beach and Robert Moses -- a five mile stretch -- without a spec of environmental oversight given that this is Emergency Spending. Are you still only thinking of a relative trickle of water 20 miles away, where we have continuous monitoring for almost 90 days now showing that the Old Inlet is not changing bay water level one iota?
Jack Latch January 28, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Marshall, all you need to do is look at a map of long Island and observe the "new flood tides" in WI and Babylon that occur when the wind blows out of the east.......It is pretty plain to see that the new flooding is being caused by what you now refer to as the "relative trickle" coming through the new breach.......I would love a cleaner bay, and at 1st glance the additional flushing of the bay sounds great.......but I certainly trust the army Corp of engineers and the DEC more than i trust you.....IMO your logic is quite flawed....
Marshall Brown January 28, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Jack the argument does not lie with me, but with virtually every marine biologist worth his salt who have studied the Old Inlet. www.facebook.com/groups/SavetheGreatSouthBay. That's the stakes to really enter into this debate. Learn and argue the science. Otherwise, its just uninformed opinion.
Jack Latch January 28, 2013 at 08:29 PM
well Marshall the argument does lie with me...... In my neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhoods we are living it.....pods full of possessions that were salvaged after Sandy have been flooded twice since the super storm.....have you ever seen a Pod float? I have......this is in driveways that had never flooded in my 30 yrs of living in this neighborhood.....what did both of these post Sandy floods have in common? a strong easterly wind (not a storm, just some wind) and the new breach on Fire Island....... I would say my opinion is pretty informed.......to deny that we have become more susceptible to flooding since Sandy is ludicrous......

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