Piermont preps for next storm as NOAA predicts active hurricane season
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting another active hurricane season, leaving waterfront communities like Piermont preparing for the next big one.
Superstorm Sandy left its mark on Piermont.
Gerry Banman remembers the 2012 event because he weathered the record-breaking storm surge from his home on Paradise Avenue.
"It got up to the bottom of our porch steps," he says. "I had family calling me saying, 'Get out, get out."'
The storm left behind more than $20 million in damage in Piermont alone, which was a wake-up call for residents.
Nathan Mitchell is the chairman of the Piermont Waterfront Resiliency Commission, which was created in the wake of Sandy.
"It's always flooded in Piermont," he says. "Sea level rise and the impact of climate change on the actual nature and intensity of the storms is what's new."
To keep with the changing tides, the village has secured grant funding to elevate flood-prone roads such as Ferry Road, which runs across the pier. It also updated building codes and wants to create a living shoreline barrier to prevent more flooding.
That project would cost about $3 million, but the village does not have that money.
Residents are also thinking about the future. Many in low-lying areas have elevated their homes several feet off the ground.