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Rockaway Beach is still being rebuilt after suffering damage from Sandy.
WNYC's Matthew Shuerman discusses what’s changed and what hasn’t since Sandy hit New York—from waterfront development to disaster planning to how the discussion of storm recovery in the mayor’s race.
Seaport City isn't about storm protection. Its about real estate protection. The RE community has been dying to expand the island that is Manhattan for decades.
But also the Seaport City idea is based on the myth that Battery Park City prevented the Sandy storm surge from flooding that area. BPC did not prevent flooding. What prevented flooding in BPC was three things: The Freedom Tower sub-basement, the PATH tubes and the Battery Tunnel. Essentially, the excess water that flooded BPC had somewhere to go. The storm surge that inundated the East river side had nowhere to go.
As for the reason why many residents didn't evacuate before Sandy had a lot to do with what happened during Hurricane Irene - which was nothing. Everyone thought that Sandy would be like Irene. Also, its worth noting that many people didn't evacuate because the mandatory evacuation order was done so late! Bloomberg's evacuation order came the day before the storm at 11:30am and the subways shut down at 7pm. If you worked that a 9-5 that day and you live in a flood zone, you didn't have time to evacuate because by the time you got home public transportation stopped. So many people got stuck.
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