Construction starts on long-awaited Fresh Creek storm resiliency project

A long-festering Canarsie resiliency project is finally underway, aiming to protect the waterfront community from severe flooding and sewage backup in the event of a severe storm nearly nine years after the nabe was devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

The $14 million project, scheduled for completion next summer, includes the installation of “tidal gates” at the sewers flowing into Fresh Creek at avenues K, L, M, N, and Seaview Avenue. The scheme also includes the reconstruction of an “outfall” at Avenue M that has long been deteriorating to the point that, at present, it’s practically useless in protecting the neighborhood from storm surges.

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