5 Years After Sandy: How Resilient Is NYC?
This Sunday is the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, one of the largest and most destructive Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded, with winds spanning 1,100 miles and gusting up to 115 miles per hour. The storm took the lives of 233 people and caused about $75 billion in damage across 24 states.
This year, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands all suffered heavy damage in an unusually active Atlantic hurricane season. While none of the storms that caused damage in the US threatened the Northeast directly, the frequency and strength of those storms means we can expect stronger, deadlier storms to occur more frequently as ocean temperatures continue to rise.
Compared to many of America's coastal cities, NYC has been working harder on a variety of new strategies and plans to address future storm events. Along with the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, which will eventually redesign much of the Lower East Side, including Stuyvesant Cove Park, there are proposals to build a sea wall below the Verrazano Bridge and one in Long Island Sound. The City Council just voted to v-create a commission to study post-Sandy resiliency progress so far and make recommendations for improvements in the City's efforts. Other methods of resiliency being implemented are categorized by the city as projects in coastal defense, critical infrastructure, social and economic resiliency, and building upgrades.
However, a study performed by researchers at several universities and published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences predicts about 5 inches to 11 inches (12.7 centimeters to 27.9 centimeters) of sea-level rise likely in New York City between 2000 and 2030. The study primarily blames the change on global warming.
You can read more about this on the NYLCV website here.