Bloomberg announces storm protection plan for NYC

When superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States last October, the incident thrust to the forefront an already-brewing discussion about climate change and the increasing frequency of extreme weather. New York City felt the full force of Sandy, which caused an estimated $19 billion in damage and an interruption to economic activity. In response to the devastating storm, C40 Chair and Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg announced a plan Tuesday – to be implemented immediately – to prepare New York City for future storms.

The plan, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” adds to actions the city has already undertaken under the Mayor’s leadership to make the city more sustainable – and economically viable – as part of PlaNYC.

Specifically, the report recommends building a 520-mile coastal network of flood walls, levees and bulkheads, which would help to protect the city from climate threats like rising sea levels and increasingly extreme storm surges. The initial price tag stands at $20 billion but this takes into consideration that a storm of Sandy’s magnitude 30 years from now could cause an estimated $90 billion in damages.

“This plan is incredibly ambitious — and much of the work will extend far beyond the next 203 days — but we refused to pass the responsibility for creating a plan onto the next administration,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “This is urgent work, and it must begin now.”

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