Daily VideoOctober 29, 2013
One Year Later, New York Uses Lessons from Sandy to Prepare for the Next Superstorm
Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the day Superstorm Sandy hit the Eastern Seaboard, pummeling cities from North Carolina to Massachusetts. Damage from the storm totaled more than $65 billion, and has prompted a reexamination of how cities can prepare for future disasters and rising sea levels.
One of the hardest hit areas was New York City. Streets, buildings, subways and tunnels flooded in the storm surge. Water in the power stations cut off electricity for most of Lower Manhattan and public transportation was unavailable for days.
“The impact of Hurricane Sandy to Verizon was the largest impact to our line the our wire line infrastructure in our 100-year history,” said Christopher Levendos of Verizon.
The damage from the storm has prompted city officials and researchers to invent new ways to stop the next flood. Ideas include an inflatable plug from West Virginia University and plywood barriers at vulnerable low points in New York where water can gush in. However, these solutions are only temporary.
“If I made this airtight and we didn’t allow the 66 million gallons of water that we pumped out to come into our system, where would that water be?” asked Joe Leader, who is in charge of New York’s subways. “It would be in the streets and it would be in the basements and on the first floors of all the buildings surrounding. It’s got to be a really regional issue to decide how do you deal with something like that.”
In June, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg released a $20 billion plan to make the city more resilient against storms. It calls for several small barriers at strategic locations and plenty of new seawalls, but doesn’t support construction of massive storm surge barriers like they have built in places like the Netherlands.
Check back tomorrow for a NewsHour report on storm barriers in the Netherlands, a world leader in adapting to rising sea levels and severe storms.
Warm up questions
- Why is this storm referred to as Super Storm Sandy and not Hurricane Sandy?
- What are some reasons that Sandy had such a powerful effect on New York and New Jersey?
- What systems and services are most necessary during a natural disaster?
- Do you think that climate change played any role in this Super Storm? Why or why not? How can you tell?
- How could citizens better prepare for future super storms?
- How could companies that deal in energy, transportation and communication systems better prepare for the next super storm?
- Do you think that there has been success in the recovery process of Sandy one year later?
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