A Powerful Storm
On October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy created three breaches in the barrier island system off the south shore of Long Island, including one within the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, a federally-designated wilderness area on the eastern end of Fire Island National Seashore.
Since the occurrence of the wilderness breach, the National Park Service (NPS) has worked with its partners to monitor the breach, which is a relatively stable but dynamic natural feature.
How are breaches managed?
Two of the three breaches which opened during Hurricane Sandy on the barrier islands along Long Island's south shore were closed immediately after the storm. The NPS is in the process of making a decision on how best to manage the third which occurred in Fire Island National Seashore's wilderness. The National Park Service will release for public review a Draft Fire Island Wilderness Breach Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate alternatives for managing the wilderness breach.