North Hempstead receives $257K to study Sandy impact

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The Town of North Hempstead has received more than $250,000 in federal money to study the impact of superstorm Sandy on its storm drain pipes.

A $256,508 public assistance grant from the Federal Emergency Management Authority will pay for a study of the town’s outfall pipes, which collect storm water and deposit it into streams, ponds and tidal waters.

“With this project the town continues to move towards a more resilient and environmentally sound future for all town residents,” North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in a statement.

A contractor found last year the 2012 storm had left debris in some of the town’s pipes, town spokesman Ryan Mulholland said, but the full extent of the damage is unknown.

The study will map the pipes, assess the damage and determine what repairs need to be made.

The project is one of 33 related to Sandy for which the town has applied for grants 

The town can apply for repair funds from FEMA after all the damage is accounted for, Mulholland said.

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