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Aug 28, 2013 9:34 AM by Stephen Bowers

USGS quantifies erosion following Sandy

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a report that shows the amount of change on Fire Island, New York following Hurricane-turned-superstorm Sandy. Fire Island is the longest barrier island just off of Long Island and protects Long Island from the brunt of strong ocean storms.

In the report, the USGS says the beaches and sand dunes on Fire Island lost more than half of their volume. USGS Geologist Cheryl Hapke said storm surge water breached the island in three locations, leaving behind widespread damage to the island's infrastructure. The roughly 54% of volume decrease from beaches and dunes combined with overwash on 46% of Fire Island is said to have drastically changed the shape of the island.

The erosion also makes the area more vulnerable to to winter storms. Since Sandy, about 18% of the volume lost of the dunes and beaches has returned. The shoreline has shifted by nearly 200 feet in some areas of Fire Island.


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Falcon school fights to save student's life

FALCON- Aden Knar, a third grade student at Falcon Virtual Academy, is in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant. His school, Falcon Virtual Academy, will host a bone marrow donor drive tomorrow to help find a match Aden. Knar, 10, was diagnosed at age 4 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and entered remission in 2008. In November 2013, the Knar family learned that the leukemia had returned, and is now isolated in his bone marrow. In an outreach of support, Falcon Virtual Academy hosted a bone marrow donor drive in January, and will be hosting another tomorrow from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 6113 Constitution Ave., directly west of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. "We wanted to reach out to the family again," said Jodi Fletcher, assistant principal. Fletcher explained that more than 250 people participated in the January drive, and she hopes to have similar numbers April 19. The money from a bake sale at the drive, and a portion of the proceeds raised from a spring formal...

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