NYC’s plan to build a fortress-like storm protection system around Lower Manhattan will soon be getting a $176 million boost. According to The New York Times, Senator Chuck Schumer announced earlier this week that the city would be awarded a staggering $176 million in federal funding to build a flood protection system to guard against future storms like Hurricane Sandy. The money would be used to help implement a number of resiliency-focused features along the shoreline from Montgomery Street on the Lower East Side to the northern tip of Battery Park City.
The millions in federal funding designated for the resiliency project are the result of a national contest called the National Disaster Resilience Competition, which was created by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The contest sought out practical ideas that would help communities better prepare for future storms like Hurricane Sandy. Although the winning design has not been announced yet, the project is expected to include some measures specific to coastal resiliency such as sea walls, flood walls, and grass berms.
The finalists in the competition represent areas that have been affected by major disasters as declared by the president in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and include NYC, New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The winning design will be awarded nearly $1 billion in federal funding, of which $181 million is slated for resiliency projects in New York and New Jersey.
The federal funds from the contest will be in addition to the $100 million in capital funds that Mayor de Blasio and other city officials committed to last summer.
The winning project of the National Disaster Resilience Competition will be announced at the end of the month.
Via NY Times