Fire Island preps for storm as new report warns of rising sea levels
The pending storm is being watched closely in Bay Shore and on Fire Island as a new reports warns that parts of that barrier island could be under water in around 50 years.
A publication called National Parks Traveler put Fire Island National Seashore on its list of threatened and endangered parks because of rising sea levels.
"It's very concerning," says Carolina Martinez, who lives steps away from the Fire Island ferry dock. "We all love this community, especially being so close to Fire Island."
Tim Mooney with Fire Island Ferries says flooding at the Bay Shore terminal used to be rare, but is becoming more common.
"We've made alterations to our docks in order to accommodate the rise in the water levels," Mooney says. "Each time we're repairing or rebuilding a dock we typically raise it up 8 inches to a foot in order to keep up with the rise in the tides."
In December, a $1.7 billion federally funded project started to protect 83 miles of shoreline from the Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point.
The Fire Island Ferry Company says it has not made any decisions about altering service due this weekend's storm.
The owner tells News 12 they try to give at least 24 hours’ notice before canceling any trips.