Mar 12, 2018

Nor'easter Exposes Erosion Control Sandbags

Montauk, N.Y., officials speculate the sandbags significantly protected the town from storm damages

Erosion control in Montauk, N.Y.

The deadly nor'easter that devastated the east coast March 2 to 3 left erosion control sandbags exposed on a beach in Montauk, N.Y. The storm weathered away the artificial dune that covered the 3,100 ft sandbag revetment, which protected downtown Montauk businesses. As expensive as reburying the sandbags will be, the cost pales in comparison to the damages that would have occured to the coastal community if the erosion control devices had not been in place, said East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc.

“It’s safe to say we’d be looking at exposed hotel foundation, and cesspool rings and swimming pools hanging over the edge, if the project had not been built there,” Van Scoyoc said. It was built with the understanding that it would give us some time to come up with longer-term solutions.”

Under the town’s contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which funded the $9 million sandbag revetment, the town must re-cover the sandbags by May 15.  Van Scoyoc estimates the project will require 20,000 cu yards of sand.