Water Resources of the United States

PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (NY) Hurricane Sandy Activities

Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:45:04 EDT

Summary: Hurricane Sandy produced widespread major and record coastal flooding in southeastern New York State last night.

Provisional data from 10 existing USGS coastal gages in southeastern New York are shown below. All USGS gages recorded levels above the National Weather Service major coastal flood elevation.

- West Pond at Glen Cove, NY (01302600) 10.96 ft (above FEMA 10-year stillwater elevation)
- Orient Harbor at Orient, NY (01304200) 7.38 ft (approached FEMA 50-year stillwater elevation)
- Peconic River at County Hwy 105 at Riverhead, NY (01304562) 8.60 ft (above FEMA 100-year stillwater elevation)
- Great South Bay at Lindenhurst, NY (01309225) 7.73 (approached FEMA 100-year base flood elevation)
- Hudson Bay at Freeport, NY (01310521) 10.12 ft (above FEMA 100-year base flood elevation)
- Reynolds Channel at Point Lookout, NY (01310740) 10.10 ft (above FEMA 100-year base flood elevation)
- Hog Island Channel at Island Park, NY (01311143) 10.89 ft (above FEMA 100-year base flood elevation)
- East Rockaway Inlet at Atlantic Beach, NY (0131145) 10.80 ft (above FEMA 100-year base flood elevation)
- Jamaica Bay at Inwood, NY (01311850) 11.65 ft (above FEMA 100-year base flood elevation)
- Rockaway Inlet near Floyd Bennett Field, NY (01311875) 11.75 ft (above FEMA 100-year base flood elevation

The USGS will begin recovery of 38 storm-surge sensors, 4 wave-high sensors, 10 barometric-pressure sensors, and 4 rapid-deployment gages that were deployed prior to the storms arrival. This work will be carried out by at least 8 teams from the New York, Georgia, and North Carolina Water Science Centers. In addition, these teams will begin marking and surveying numerous high-water marks in the region to document this record flooding event.


Sub-Region: Mid Atlantic; Region: Eastern United States

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