As the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy nears closer, Mayor de Blasio recently announced an incredible $100 million in funding that will be focused on implementing numerous storm protection infrastructure systems around Lower Manhattan. The mayor made the announcement at a preparedness fair at the Alfred E. Smith playground on Manhattan’s Lower East Side last Thursday as he passed out emergency “go bags” to the students.
At the emergency preparedness event, the mayor explained how the funds will serve to improve the city’s resiliency against future storms. “This new investment will continue to ensure that New York City is a global leader in protecting itself against the impacts of climate change, while strengthening our push to secure additional support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” he said. “In Lower Manhattan and across the five boroughs, climate risks are only growing. Every family and every neighborhood must be prepared – from ensuring New Yorkers have an emergency plan and ‘go bags’ at the ready, to working with our partners across government to move forward our comprehensive resiliency plan.”
The city’s $20 billion resiliency plan, a collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other partners, is already underway in various parts of the city that were heavily damaged from Hurricane Sandy. As part of the OneNYC program, the funds are help to city to address a number of pressing resiliency issues such as coastal protection, storm water management, and housing resiliency.
The new wave of funding will be on top of the $15 million for Lower Manhattan resiliency that the city committed to in March 2015. The investment will go towards the implementation of the integrated flood protection system around the southern tip of Lower Manhattan. Once completed, the system will act as a barrier around Manhattan, stretching downwards from Montgomery Street in the Two Bridges neighborhood on the Lower East Side, and ending at the northern end of Battery Park City.
Via Capital New York