Blizzard and Coastal Flood Warning Issued

National Weather Service Forecast Map as of 6PM EST, 2/7/2013

National Weather Service Forecast Map as of 6PM EST, 2/7/2013 showing Blizzard and Coastal Flood Warnings

 The National Weather Service has just doubled the snow forecast total to 10-14 inches now with whiteout conditions.High tides will be 2-4 feet above astronomical level, with possible flooding and beacxh erosion.

 from National Weather Serrvice:

BLIZZARDWARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM FRIDAY TO 1 PM EST SATURDAY

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING
 
WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM FRIDAY TO 1 PM EST SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
LOCATIONS
 
NASSAU COUNTY ON LONG ISLAND.
HAZARD TYPES
 
HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS.
ACCUMULATIONS
 
SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 10 TO 14 INCHES
 
WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS WITHIN DEVELOPING SNOW BANDS.
WINDS
 
NORTH 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.
TEMPERATURES
 
FALLING INTO THE 20S FRIDAY NIGHT.
VISIBILITIES
 
ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.
TIMING
 
THE STRONGEST WINDS AND HEAVIEST SNOW WILL OCCUR FRIDAY EVENING INTO SATURDAY MORNING.
IMPACTS
 
HEAVY SNOW AND WINDS WILL MAKE FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH VISIBILITIES NEAR ZERO IN WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS. IN ADDITION
 
SOME TREE LIMBS WILL BE DOWNED
 
CAUSING SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
 
A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS
 
MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL
 
HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED
 
STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.
 
 
 
 

Southern Nassau

Coastal Flood Warning in effect from 4PM EST FRI until 8PM EST FRI

 

 
 
COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM TO 8 PM EST FRIDAY
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING
 
WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM TO 8 PM EST FRIDAY.
LOCATIONS
 
ALONG SOUTHERN NASSAU COUNTY COAST.
TIDAL DEPARTURES
 
2 TO 4 FT ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL TIDES.
WAVE ACTION
 
9 TO 13 FT BREAKING WAVES ALONG THE OCEAN FACING BEACHES.
BEACH EROSION
 
SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION IS EXPECTED ALONG THE OCEAN FACING BEACHES.
TIMING
 
DURING THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE FRIDAY EVENING
 
BETWEEN 6 AND 8 PM.
IMPACTS
 
WIDESPREAD FLOODING OF VULNERABLE SHORE ROADS AND/OR BASEMENTS DUE TO HEIGHT OF STORM TIDE AND WAVE ACTION IS POSSIBLE. NUMEROUS ROAD CLOSURES MAY BE NEEDED. LIVES MAY BE AT RISK FOR PEOPLE WHO PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM/S WAY. ISOLATED WASHOVERS AND STRUCTURAL DAMAGE MAY BE OBSERVED ALONG THE OCEAN FACING BEACHES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
 
A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. COASTAL RESIDENTS IN THE WARNED AREA SHOULD BE ALERT FOR RISING WATER
 
AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY.
 
SOUTH SHORE BAYS WATER LEVELS FOR FRIDAY EVENING
 
COASTAL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TIME OF
 
 
 
FORECAST TOTAL
 
..FLOOD
 
.. LOCATION
 
 
 
 
 
..HIGH TIDE
 
..WATER LEVEL
 
 
 
.CATEGORY..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(MLLW/NGVD)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
.. E ROCKAWAY INLET NY..220 AM
 
.7.1-7.6/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
.MODERATE.. FREEPORT GAUGE NY
 
.214 AM
 
.5.9-6.4/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
.MODERATE.. POINT LOOKOUT NY
 
..230 AM
 
.6.7-7.3/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
.MODERATE..

Point Lookout Civic Meeting, December 2012

Residents get some answers to Post-Sandy questions from members of the Civic Board.

Residents get some answers to Post-Sandy questions from members of the Civic Board.

Announcements

Civic has a snazzy new website www.PointLookoutCivic.Org  (can you guys get a redirect to send those from the old website that’s still hanging out there to this one???)
  
Residents are asked to volunteer to help Clean up at the ballfield
Saturday, December 15 at 9 AM please bring gloves, rakes, and your neighbors
 
Point Lookout library branch – Wednesday, December 19 @ 8 PM Long Beach high school
Long Beach library system 2nd meeting to discuss future of our library branch
 
 

The Meeting

A very well attended meeting with over 120 people attending. Our first chance to see the newly repaired Rec hall.
 
Pres. Sheila Meyer spoke briefly, explained Civic has been meeting to discuss the post Sandy effects. Kate Murray came down earlier in the day to call for the Long Beach barrier island and storm damage  protection plan project be revisited.
 
Discussed Long Beach library and possible closing of point Lookout library branch. Paul Gomez has stepped up and fixed the flood damage but the library wants to “approve” the repairs.
 
Treas. Chuck Hansen spoke about making donations to various Sandy relief organizations.
Frank (Beanie) Houlihan left the civic $20,000. The board is proposing donating half to Sandy relief projects.
 
The only named one so far will be Long Beach Christmas Angel Incorporated , to give them a $2000 donation. The other $8000 would go to various causes in Point Lookout- none more than $2000.
Please email your ideas of what worthy group (not individual) in town “with a broad effect on the town”, would best need the help.
Names loosely thrown around were the Fire Dept, Morning Sun Nursery School, The Litttle League…
Please email who you would like to nominate to civic email address: pointupdates@gmail.com
 
There was brief chatter about what businesses are and are not able to operate in town. Some bay front favorites plan to be back in March or April.  Others on Lido Blvd are on, or getting on their feet.  
Dozens from the well attended meeting stayed after to catch up with neighbors, news and storm stories.

Dozens from the well attended meeting stayed after to catch up with neighbors, news and storm stories.

Environmental chair Gerald Ottavino spoke about the reactivation of the Long Beach Island storm damage project (see our previous post “Town Officals Visit Point Lookout to Talk Beach Protection”.)
Basically we’re waiting for Long Beach to reenergize their end of the story- if they want to mitigate ocean damage or not. So far they have begun the process by “revisiting” the project. When Long Beach decides that they’re on board the Army Corps of Engineers is ready to go.
 
He reminded us that this project effectively has us first in line to be helped by the Army Corps of Engineers. If Long Beach delays, we can quickly go to the end of the line while the Army Corps take care of New Jersey, Staten Island and the Rockaways.
 
Additionally the vast majority of politicians from the town, to the county, to the state, to federal representatives are mostly on board and ready to have the project move forward.
 
There was talk about the town building department and their mandated inspections for houses in the affected area.
Just repeating what we heard basically were told the bottom line if your house is damaged have it inspected by someone you trust -a licensed architect or engineer.
 
You may also want to have your house without damage looked over by a Licensed architect or engineer. You can then get from the town an “affidavit of no damage” which may help sell your house in the future.
 
Sheila Meyer closed the night saying “after the storm the firemen in this town were unbelievable”, to which the whole room erupted in loud applause.      
 

Nickerson Beach Garbage Mound and Other Tall Tales

Nickerson Beach Parking lot, Now a waste-transfer station

Nickerson Beach Parking lot, Now a waste-transfer station

The burning question: Point Lookout, Lido Beach, Long Beach- Rumor Busted!

holy…you know what.
Rumor has it someone was talking to an experienced disaster relief person from out of state.
When discussing the mounting garbage pile forming at Nickerson Beach, they said something like: “yeah, they did that in New Orleans with Katrina and then they burned it all in place. It burned for weeks. Of course, in New Orleans the nearby inhabitants couldn’t live near the places they were putting the trash.”

I spoke to officials from the Fire Dept: this is absolutely untrue and they would fight it if it were to be.

Nickerson Beach Parking lot, Now a waste-transfer station

The county’s temporary garbage storage at Nickerson Beach. Taken on 11/20/12 shows the pile several feet higher than the garbage truck. 15 feet, I’d guess.

you just cannot get the scope of it from these pictures but it is about as deep as it is wide, covering almost that entire lot.

Nickerson Beach.  Taken on 11/28/12 shows the pile grown dramatically from last week. well over 20 ft.

Nickerson Beach. Taken on 11/28/12 shows the pile grown dramatically from last week. well over 20 ft.

It’s bad enough :
our drinking water is teetering on the edge,
The bay is being flooded daily with untreated sewage from Bay Park in East Rockaway, worse than the “normal” amount of sewage Nassau County has been illegally dumping into the bay.
Source: Newsday- Sewage issue needs repair

Last Tuesday the north easterly wind had everyone in town’s saying : “what’s that smell” again.

Fire officials went out and checked-it’s not methane, it’s probably seaweed rotting again in the cove and elsewhere-wherever it washed up to.
That problem is being fixed… The town may be dredging and pumping sand back in as we speak in the cove area. Beach side, it looks like they’ve piled up sand in an attempt to temporarily replicate the missing dunes.

TOH fill in of dune break at Civic Beach

Fill in of a dune break at Civic Beach

From the Civic Association this week:

re: our dunes, we reiterate that it is vital people stay off of them!!
The dunes protected our town from the ocean, in part saving us from the degree of damage experienced in Long Beach. While the dunes served us well during the storm, they are fragile. Walking, playing, etc. on the dunes can easily break the roots of the plants on the dunes. Once these roots are broken and the plants die, the strength of the dune is wiped out. Dead plants equal worthless dunes.
There have been numerous, unsettling reports of people walking on the newly exposed dunes, walking dogs on them and even kids boogie boarding down them!?! How quickly some forget their importance, and the fact that until recently there were fences protecting them and signs stating to stay off them.

8-10 ft tall temporary dune has been built up along Point Lookout, NY Civic Beach to guard against winter storms

8-10 ft tall temporary dune has been built up along Point Lookout, NY Civic Beach to guard against winter storms

Looks like a big delivery arrived for the gas station…

are you getting used to going elsewhere for gas? I’m, NOT!

Point lookout NY Gas Station under repair

Visible progress being made getting the gas station cleaned up, refurbished and running.

No More Library in Point Lookout?

PLCA sent this email:

The Long Beach Library will hold a special meeting in the High School Library on Wed. Nov. 28, 2012 at 7:30pm to discuss “the future of the Point Lookout Branch”. As you are likely aware our branch remains closed.
We urge attendance by local residents to show that the branch is important to us and we care about its future.

that’s Tonight everyone!!!

Superstorm Sandy: Point Lookout Before and After

When I look at the beach, I can feel what’s been lost, but I need to see the before and after for myself, so here goes, as best I can get.

Point Lookout Town Beach Looking East, BEFORE Sandy

Point Lookout Town Beach Looking East, BEFORE Sandy


Point Lookout Town Beach Looking East, AFTER Sandy. this is a bit farther away..the entire dune shown

Point Lookout Town Beach Looking East, AFTER Sandy

I have to say-overall, we are very lucky here in Point Lookout. Yes some of our neighbors were hit hard and lost a lot-maybe most everything. Our hearts go out to them.   At least our town itself isn’t crippled like elsewhere with garbage, house rip-outs and floated dead cars literally blocking the street.

Point Lookout "Second Beach" Looking East, BEFORE Sandy

Point Lookout “Second Beach” Looking East, BEFORE Sandy


Point Lookout "Second Beach" Looking East, AFTER Sandy

Point Lookout “Second Beach” Looking East, AFTER Sandy

For me, the thing that keeps hitting home is- we were spared the ocean coming into town. Why is this relevant?
1- The town is graded to drain rainwater (and anything else) to the bay, meaning the high point is at the ocean. Any break through would wash the entire town over-with wave action we did not have from the bay.
2- This was due partially to the dunes keeping the ocean back.
3- The dunes are mostly gone. As anyone who has ever built a sandcastle knows, you can pile sand all you want, that alone does not make a dune. It must have some understructure, years of rain packing it down and vegetation to hold it all together.

Point Lookout "Second Beach" Looking West, BEFORE Sandy

Point Lookout “Second Beach” Looking West, BEFORE Sandy


Point Lookout "Second Beach" Looking West, AFTER Sandy

Point Lookout “Second Beach” Looking West, AFTER Sandy

I heard today the town has started pumping sand back in and will be following up with pictures if I can find it.

A friend shared this mesmerizing video taken of the Long Beach Boardwalk during Sandy:

Lee Nielsen on Facebook – Super Storm Sandy – Lincoln Blvd – Long Beach, NY

That video is coincidentally the same exact area of boardwalk pictured in our post “Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy Week 2”

Point Lookout Clam Bar rear deck BEFORE Superstorm Sandy

Point Lookout Clam Bar rear deck BEFORE Superstorm Sandy


Point Lookout Clam Bar rear deck AFTER Superstorm Sandy

Point Lookout Clam Bar rear deck AFTER Superstorm Sandy

Want to share any before and after pictures with us?