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Content created by Dr. Charles Flagg with the assistance of Mark Lang

Hurricane Sandy caused significant over washes and three breaches in Fire Island in the area between the historic Old Inlet area and Moriches Inlet. Aerial video and photos were obtained Saturday, November 3rd, 5 days after the storm’s passage. A short description and photos of the breaches is available here while youtube videos are listed below.

A series of reports on the breach development are listed below.

December 14, 2012 report on the new inlet through November is available here.
On January 5, 2013 another aerial over flight took place and a photo summary of the evolving breach at Old Inlet to the present is available here.
January 14, 2013 report on the inlet that goes through December is available here.
The January 30th report on the status of the inlet is available here.
The February 27th report on the bay and inlet with new bathymetry of the inlet is here.
The March 15th report on the inlet and the impact of east-coast wide water level fluctuations is here.
The June 28th report on the inlet’s evolution. the cross-sectional area and changes in the Bay-wide salinity is here.
The 10th report on the inlet’s condition, issued Dec 12, 2013 is here.
The 11th report on the inlet’s condition, issued Oct 20, 2014 is here.
The 12th report on the inlet’s condition, issued Jan 9, 2015 is here.
The 14th report on the inlet’s condition, issued Aug 7, 2015 is here.
The 15th report on the inlet’s condition, issued March 16, 2016 is here.
The 16th report on the inlet’s condition, issued Sept 14, 2016 is here.

 

Below is the series of aerial photos of the New Inlet from the south looking north across Fire Island. The aerial photography has been a community effort with pilots Rich Giannotti, Don Richards, Charlie Flagg and Vinny Petruso and photographers Charlie Flagg, Mike Ferrigno, Rich Weismann, Justin Flagg, Brian Wasser, Jamie Shreeve, John Vahey, Brad Furman, Chris Gobler, Michael Busch, Art Leiz, Alejandra Sanchez-Franks and Claudia Hinrichs.

With Mark Lang’s help the series of overflights of the breach have produced detailed photo mosaics of the inlet and back bay area.

A complete collection of photos is available on Dr. Flagg’s Great South Bay Project Website

Click on an image or right-click on an image to open in a new tab to fully zoom in.

Apr 9, 2005

An image of the area from 2005, several years before Superstorm Sandy hit.

Nov 3, 2012

Aerial video and photos were obtained Saturday, November 3rd, 5 days after the storm’s passage.  A short description and photos of the breaches is available here.

Nov 11, 2012

As a follow-up to the November 3rd aerial survey and after the nor’easter that occurred on November 7 and 8, a second aerial overflight of the Old Inlet area was carried out on November 11, 2012.  Photos and a discussion of the results of that flight are available here.  In addition, we recovered an oceanographic sensor from the Bellport marina on November 10, 2012 which had recorded the sea level, temperature and salinity variations caused by the hurricane and subsequent nor-easter.

Nov 18, 2012

Another weekly aerial survey of the inlet was carried out on Sunday November 18th which showed that the sand island connecting Pelican Island to Fire Island had been cut by a new channel to the west.  A series of photos showing the evolution of the inlet is given here.

Dec 20, 2012

On Saturday December 1, 2012 there was a meeting at Bellport’s community center to discuss the breach in the Old Inlet area.  A power point presentation given at that meeting shows how the dynamics of the Great South Bay and the ocean resulted in the formation of the breach and how the breach has affected the tides, wind driven storm surge and the salinity of the eastern end of the Bay.

On December 20 another flight was completed.

Jan 6, 2013

 

January 27, 2013
February 2, 2013
February 14, 2013
March 10, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
Apr 17, 2013
May 12, 2013

May 31, 2013
Full Size Mosaic

June 16, 2013
July 7, 2013
Aug 5, 2013
Sept 15, 2013
Oct 19, 2013
Nov 6, 2013
Dec 8, 2013
Dec 19, 2013
Jan 21, 2014
Feb 20, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
May 18, 2014
June 24, 2014
July 31, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
Sept 26, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
Nov 30, 2014
Dec 14, 2014
Dec 29, 2014
Mar 29, 2015
Apr 26, 2015
June 30, 2015
July 23, 2015
Aug 12, 2015
Jan 6, 2016
Jan 31, 2016
Mar 8, 2016
Oct 6, 2016
Nov 8, 2016

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-10-20

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on October 20, 2017.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg noted that there are major changes to the inlet: The arrival of the remnant of Hurricane Jose and the subsequent...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-09-24

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on September 24, 2017.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report: I completed another over flight today to see what Jose's waves had done.  The...

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Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on September 8, 2017.  The flyover mosaic is available below. Mark Lang has assembled all the geo-referenced photo mosaics into a kml file that can be viewed using Google Earth.  By...

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Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on August 14, 2017.  The flyover mosaic is available below. Mark Lang has assembled all the geo-referenced photo mosaics into a kml file that can be viewed using Google Earth.  By...

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Governor Cuomo Takes Hands-On Approach to Support Water Quality

Pictured above, from Left to Right: Governor Cuomo, Prof. Gobler, Assemblyman Fred Thiele, County Executive Steve Bellone and  Assemblyman Steve Englebright. From the Stony Brook University Capitols and Communities Newsletter, June 28, 2017. Governor Andrew Cuomo has...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-06-11

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on June 11, 2017.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg's latest report on the status of the breach is now online.  He notes, among other details, that "there has been a lot...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-05-10

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on May 10, 2017.  The flyover mosaic is available below. Mark Lang has assembled all the geo-referenced photo mosaics into a kml file that can be viewed using Google Earth.  By clicking...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-04-09

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on April 9, 2017.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report: Sunday April 9th was a clear and low wind day and perfect for another aerial photo run...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-03-13

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on June 30, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report:  Today was the first time in a couple of weeks that we've had flyable weather so I...

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