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NARRAGANSETT—The Coastal Resources Management Council and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management will have much work to do in the upcoming days after Hurricane Sandy. From insurance claims to rebuilding the coastline, both state agencies will be assessing damages and communicating with local governments regarding areas such as Matunuck Beach and the Narragansett Pier area.
“There’s been no loss of life, but now we are all assessing property damage,” said Laura Dwyer, Public Information Officer for CRMC. “Everyone is kind of reeling from [Hurricane Sandy], and this will be a lengthy process.”
“We’ve lost a lot of beach, dunes, and frontage,” she added. “Some of that may come back and we are looking to see if some of the natural process brings some of the sand back, but I am sure it will not be all of it.”
CRMC will be administering emergency permits for property owners who wish to rebuild along the coastline. The permits will be valid for 90 days from issuance and will be given through CRMC for the next 60 days.
“The CRMC is working to determine the extent of the coastal damage, coordinating with state and federal emergency officials,” read an official statement from CRMC. “In the meantime, we will be granting emergency permits to property owners wishing to rebuild, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.”
“Our thoughts are with those who have sustained heavy damage because of Sandy, and we will work toward a speedy recovery for all Rhode Islanders affected by this storm,” it continued.
For the complete story, pick up a copy of Friday's The Narragansett Times.