Rockaway residents say sandbag barrier being installed from Beach 108th St
The city has started building a new barrier to ward off storm surges from Beach 108th St. to Beach 126th St. in Rockaway, but some residents are worried the sand filled bags won’t be hearty enough.
Crews brave hollister d Monday’s rain to start the project, part of the Parks Department’s interim shoreline plan created after Superstorm Sandy devastated the peninsula last year.
“We need to have the same structural strength of the wall that the city is building from 149th to 126th St.,” said resident Joe Hartigan, who has been pushing the city to use heftier containers fashioned of wire, mesh and heavy fabric to help hold back waves. “We are worried we are not going to have adequate protection.”
Debbie Egan Chin/New York Daily News John Cori founder of Friends of Rockaway Beach on whats left of the boardwalk at beach 92nd street.
Parks officials said both types of barriers will be used along different stretches of the shoreline. They noted that the bags were recently installed on Fire Island.
Residents said they feel even more vulnerable to storms since Sandy destroyed miles of boardwalk, which had served as a vital barrier against the Atlantic Ocean.
The city has recently replaced portions of the boardwalk around concession buildings and bathrooms.
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