NYC Mayor De Blasio Announces $100M for Storm Protection
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced $100 million in capital funding for continued storm protection in lower Manhattan to protect it from flooding.
The project — stretching from the top of Battery Park City around the tip of Manhattan and up to the Lower East Side — will use measures like levees, flood walls, and more park land to soak up storm water and protect the area from the devastation it experienced during Hurricane Sandy. It’s expected to take five to seven years to design and build.
The city plans to put out a bid next month for design and engineering firms to come up with specific flood protection measures, but city officials will look for plans that raise elevation levels along the coast and add features like parkland to make the massive project more neighborhood-friendly, reported the New York Daily News.