A Little History

Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. It was also the largest Atlantic storm on historical record and the second-costliest hurricane in US history.

During the storm (on October 29, 2012), the US Geological Survey updated their assessment of the storm’s potential coastal-change impacts across Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia), New Jersey and Long Island.

The below map accompanied the assessment, highlighting the probabilities of “collision, overwash, and inundation associated with Hurricane Sandy.” (To read the entire report, click here.)

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Source: USGS (Click image to enlarge)

As the map indicates quite remarkably, Quogue sits in one of the very few geographies that carried a 0-10% probability of over wash and inundation. Contrasted with an area like that of Westhampton Dunes, there is much to appreciate about what is (and is not) appropriate for acting as responsible stewards of our beach.

As Quogue residents, we are very fortunate to have such beautiful, natural and healthy dunes and beaches. Let’s keep them that way.

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