New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that $100 million would be spent to protect infrastructure in lower Manhattan from floods as a result of storms.
The measure is part of the city’s $20 billion resiliency plan that includes collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other partners. This effort is already underway in other parts of the city that were heavily damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
The funds are meant to address resiliency challenges such as coastal protection, storm water management, and housing resiliency. The newly announced funding is in addition to $15 million for Lower Manhattan resiliency that the city pledged in March 2015.
The investment will go towards the implementation of the integrated flood protection system around the southern tip of Lower Manhattan. “This new investment will continue to ensure that New York City is a global leader in protecting itself against the impacts of climate change, while strengthening our push to secure additional support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” de Blasio said.