Bloomberg's Plan: Storm Surge Barriers

Friday, May 31, 2013

The storm surge flooded 75 percent of the island, displacing several bricks that made up the island's path. (National Park Service)

Our discussion of the impending hurricane season continues when NY1 political reporter Josh Robin breaks down his reporting on the Mayor's expected proposals for protection from future storm surges. These proposals include removable steel panels up to 12 feet in height along flood-prone waterfront areas. Also, WNYC editor and reporter Matthew Schuerman discusses his reporting on plans developed 50 years ago to build hurricane walls in NYC.


Josh Robin

Comments [10]

ruth from westchester

"The Control of Nature" by nature writer John McFee details the (somewhat successful) attempts by humans to stop flooding, volcanoes and other inexorable changes Mother Nature continues to throw our way. My question is: can we accept that spending money on low-lying coastal communities (often but not always vacation homes) is de facto absurd? Dunes sea walls barriers for these communities should not be our collective priority. How about falling bridges and chemical plant safety and fracking? The Army Corps can spend lots of money without our really accepting these yearly measures as wasteful and any short term "win" ultimately Pyrric. Water will out.

May. 31 2013 11:02 AM

too bad the NJ government isn't planning for these weather changes

May. 31 2013 10:36 AM

When I am _not_ logged in, it says login to vote.
When I _am_ logged in (which I am now), it won't let me vote.
(I can click the flag however ... just not the thumbs ... sigh)

May. 31 2013 10:36 AM

If there's a visible _hole_ anywhere, it will fill with trash!!
If stuff has to be set up by humans ...
If it blocks flow of _people_ ...
... will be its own problem ... enuf staff to set it all up?
(I think not)

May. 31 2013 10:34 AM

I live in Jersey City, close to the Hudson River. From a hydraulic engineering perspective, if the proposed flood walls for NYC are raised, will that divert water to Jersey City, and cause Jersey City to be flooded worse than it would be if the NYC flood walls were not in place?

May. 31 2013 10:32 AM
jf from h

just make high dunes

May. 31 2013 10:30 AM
RCT from NYC

Why not sliding walls that retract into bench-size slabs -- so people can sit on the benches and the walls can be extended if a storm is on the way?

May. 31 2013 10:30 AM
John from NYC

Where is Rube Goldberg when we need him?

May. 31 2013 10:29 AM
jf from logi

This is probably another backward solution meant to pay people billions for tons of concrete and metal when wetlands are billions cheaper and natural.

May. 31 2013 10:28 AM
RJ from prospect hts bklyn

Has anywhere *outside Manhattan* been mentioned? I'd be shocked, shocked!

May. 31 2013 10:27 AM

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