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Storm Information

Winter Storm NEMO

DEC issued emergency permit authorization to address storm-related repairs:

Hurricane Sandy

Note: Effective May 16, 2013, all monitoring related to Hurricane Sandy has been discontinued.

Coastal Erosion,Tidal Wetlands and Freshwater Wetlands Emergency Permits

2/13/13 - FEMA released advisory base flood elevation advisory maps for certain communities affected by Superstorm Sandy. The maps show the current flood risk for these communities. The maps, instructions on their use and information on rebuilding safer and stronger are available on the FEMA Sandy web page (Link in the right column.)

11/2012 - DEC issued General Permits for storm repair work in the coastal and freshwater wetland areas of Long Island, the lower Hudson Valley, and New York City. Emergency permit authorization to address storm-related repairs:

Waste Disposal Information

12/28/12 - DEC issued General Permit GP-0-12-007 and Request for Authorization for temporary storage or transfer of storm debris related to Hurricane Sandy. This permit expired on 10/31/13.

12/28/12 - DEC issued a new enforcement discretion letter to NYC (PDF) (118 KB) to burn storm debris through April 17, 2013.

Shellfish Closure

2/23/13 - DEC extends some temporary emergency shellfish closures on Long Island, pending additional sampling.


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