A new report by non-profit research organization Climate Central shows that Hurricane Sandy did more damage than we thought. According to the report, 11 billion gallons of sewage – the equivalent of the entire area of Central Park – leaked into New York and New Jersey waterways. Untreated sewage is estimated to have comprised 32 percent of the overflow that flooded lakes and rivers. Today, a telepress call will discuss the report and how climate change will exacerbate these risks in the future.
The Climate Central report also reveals that the majority of the sewage made its way into the waters of New York City and northern New Jersey in the days and weeks after the storm. Authorities estimate the cleanup cost to be $3 billion to repair numerous flood-damaged treatment facilities and pumping stations. Because the damaged plants were not repaired immediately following the storm, sewage was able to flow into the waterways. The last sewage overflow occurred this past January.
Climate change continues to threaten more sewage overflows as sea levels rise and intense coastal storms increase. Massive overflow of sewage plants are expected to leak into the same water that Climate Central says millions of people rely on for food, health and recreation.
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Via Climate Central
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