News Rockaway flood protection draft report to be released this summer, officials say Coastal protections could include a sea wall, jetties and groins, Sen. Chuck Schumer said. The long-awaited Rockaway Reformation Study will be released this year by the Army Corps of Engineers, detailing construction plans to protect the Rockaways and southern Brooklyn from future flooding. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Kena Betancur By Lisa L. Colangelo firstname.lastname@example.org @lisalcolangelo Updated March 20, 2018 7:57 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email A long-awaited study that paves the way for the construction of permanent coastal protections in Rockaway has been fast-tracked. A draft of the Rockaway Reformulation Study will be released in August, followed by a final report in November, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a joint statement. “The residents of the Rockaways and Southern Brooklyn need better protections ASAP, and they are justifiably scared and tired of waiting,” Schumer said in a statement. “This agreement with the Army Corps, forged by Mayor de Blasio and I, will take the flood protection projects from the back burner to the front.” Schumer said those projects could include a sea wall, jetties and groins to protect the peninsula — ravaged by superstorm Sandy — from future storms. John Cori, founder of Friends of Rockaway Beach, applauded the announcement. “They should build groins like they did in Long Beach,” said Cori, who has long lobbied for more jetties. “I hope they listen to the people who live here and know what we need.” Superstorm Sandy’s fury hit Rockaway from both sides. The Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay flooded into city streets, destroying homes and even knocking the boardwalk off its foundations. After the storm, the city built a stronger more resilient boardwalk, dunes and added sand to the beach. But residents have been waiting for the construction of more barriers. By Lisa L. Colangelo email@example.com @lisalcolangelo Lisa joined amNewYork as a staff writer in 2017. She previously worked at the New York Daily News and the Asbury Park Press covering politics, government and general assignment. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.