Coastal flooding expected

- Snow, flooding and beach erosion are three elements working against many people who live along the south shore of Long Island. The full moon and high tide combo brings back bad memories of Superstorm Sandy that's still crystal clear in people's minds.

Many wonder if enough has been done to withstand the upcoming storm. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano has been paying close attention to what is expected to be blizzard-like conditions and flooding in coastal communities.

In Long Beach, berms have been built up on the beach side. But City Manager Jack Schnirman says the bay is most vulnerable.

With a quiet fall and winter so far there has been minimal erosion at Robert Moses State Park. George Gorman, deputy regional director with New York State Parks, says more sand is on the beaches now than there was before Sandy. 

Nassau County plans on activating their Emergency Operation Center and non-emergency hotline on Friday. The county also will be preparing the streets with a liquid salt mixture to prevent roads from icing over.

NOTE: The Jersey Shore is also vulnerable. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood watch for the state.

NWS: Widespread moderate coastal flooding is possible with localized areas of major coastal flooding. The coastal flooding could last for three consecutive high tide cycles as water is pushed up against the coast, and into the back bays and estuaries.

A coastal flood watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of moderate or major tidal flooding. Be prepared to begin taking appropriate action to protect life and property. Follow the recommendations of local emergency management officials. Be sure to check the latest forecast from time to time in case a warning is issued or any new information becomes available.

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