Brookhaven (WALK) - When superstorm Sandy opened up a new breach on Fire Island, experts were concerned that it could threaten communities across the Great South Bay, like Bellport and Brookhaven hamlet, with routine and dangerous flooding. So far, though, that hasn't been the case, and the news is actually positive.
A report by researchers from Stony Brook University says that the South Shore has not been threatened so far by the breach at Old Inlet (pictured above). In fact, water quality in the Great South Bay has actually improved as a result of the breach, according to the report, which was released last week. For instance, when brown tide struck the bay this past summer, the area near the inlet wasn't impacted as severely.
The Old Inlet breach is located in a non-developed area of the Fire Island National Seashore, just west of the bridge to Smith Point. The report says that, although the breach has changed in size as sands have shifted, the amount of water moving through the inlet has remained stable.
Local leaders have called for the breach to be closed, to protect communities on the other side of the Great South Bay from increased flooding.