Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The federal government has approved the first phase of a potential $13-million hazard mitigation project in Long Beach designed to improve the city’s Superstorm Sandy-ravaged infrastructure, officials said.The initial phase will cost $1.5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) money. The funds will be used to support engineering, design and permitting for the project. It is all covered under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.The project’s go-ahead was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office Thursday.“Communities like Long Beach are aggressively working toward this goal by fortifying their infrastructure, and this support from our federal partners, along with the state’s funding, is making these improvements possible,” Cuomo said in a press statement.The FEMA funds will allow Long Beach to begin improving several facilities—the water treatment plant and storage tower, plus the waste-water treatment plant, electrical substations and the major gas pipeline—that were all flooded and forced to shut down when Sandy slammed into the barrier island on Oct. 29, 2012. Residents were cut off from water and power for weeks until emergency repairs were made.The city was under a mandatory evacuation after the storm. Jim LaCarrubba, commissioner of public works, described the damage as “catastrophic.” “Protecting those facilities are paramount for us,” LaCarrubba said in a phone interview. He said the city would like to get the bulkhead up to base-flood elevation, and would then look into other options to protect the infrastructure and the island. The city has until June 19, 2015 to come up with the designs. Officials said the program will improve resiliency and mitigate risks of loss and damage during future storms.“We know all too well the toll that a lack of preparedness takes on our communities. By focusing funds on these four engines to our infrastructure, like electrical sub-stations and water treatment facilities, recovery from the next big storm will be minimized in terms of time and cost,” said Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman.Phase 1 will begin immediately, Long Beach officials said. Once it’s complete complete, the remainder of the money from the grant program will be provided to support construction, city officials said.In total, Long Beach could potentially receive up to $12,936,000, according to the governor’s office. Seventy-five percent will be paid for by FEMA, and the remaining 25 percent by the state.The state first announced last November its intention to get Long Beach FEMA funds to improve the facilities.
LOL! Following the shocking season 17 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy, star and producer Ellen Pompeo appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to break down Patrick Dempsey‘s return. Although she played coy about what’s next, the host, 53, still asked some very funny questions.“This is a hypothetical [question], of course. Let’s say that since he left the show, Patrick had put on, like, 80 pounds. He was really fat,” host Jimmy Kimmel asked Pompeo, 51, during the Thursday, November 12, episode. “Do you think you would still have done this? Would it be like, he’s like, ‘Hey, here I am on the beach! I’ve been eating.’”Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey on ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ Krista Vernoff/ABC- Advertisement – Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! Fans will see more of Derek in upcoming episodes, showrunner Krista Vernoff revealed to Deadline after the episode. Vernoff, as well as Dempsey and Pompeo, also explained that they wanted to bring back the character now — in 2020 — to give fans a reason to smile after such a difficult year.“I really love the message of what the dynamic is in this story. With everything that we’re dealing with right now — and certainly, we have been distracted with the election — but we’re going to get back into the reality of COVID and being in a pandemic, and all the lives that have been lost,” the Devils actor said. “Where are these souls going? And I think that’s what attracted me to this story line, I think it can be really helpful and healing to so many people.”Grey’s Anatomy airs on ABC Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET.- Advertisement – After some laughter, the actress responded, “Nope, probably not! It wouldn’t have the same impact with the fans. You know, the girls want to see McDreamy being McDreamy.”At the end of Thursday’s episode, Dempsey, 54, returned to the show for the first time in five years. The character of Derek Shepherd died in a car crash at the end of season 11, leaving Meredith absolutely shattered.During the premiere, Meredith was found unconscious in the Grey Sloan parking lot. When she wouldn’t wake up, the cameras cut to a gorgeous beach, where she reunited with her late husband.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –