Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Could Prompt Review of New York's Preparedness

Prior to last night's massive flooding, the NY Times had an article on steps that could be taken to prevent flooding.  I recall Dutch experts commenting after Hurricane Katrina that design should be for the 1000 year event - not the 100 year event often planned for.  

Hurricane Could Prompt Review of New York's Preparedness - NYTimes.com:
One proposal, from the Storm Surge Research Group at Stony Brook University, recommends installing movable barriers at the upper end of the East River near the Throgs Neck Bridge, under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and at the mouth of the Arthur Kill between Staten Island and New Jersey.
According to this thinking, the barriers would prevent a huge tide from flooding Manhattan and parts of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey.But such barriers could cost nearly $10 billion.
Other experts are calling for less expensive land-based measures like increasing pumping capacity at subway stations and designing floodgates to
block water from entering both the stations and highway tunnels.
Read the Entire article at NYTimes.com:

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