New York weighs options to prepare for next superstorm

New York's Rockaways Continue Recovery As House Votes On Sandy Aid Package

As the next hurricane season approaches, East Coast officials are learning to protect themselves from nature’s wrath.

Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast last October, destroying houses and shutting down power and transit systems.

In response, local officials began brainstorming how to better protect East Coast cities.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed using $171 million of federal Sandy aid to buy properties at risk for repeated flooding. He would keep that waterfront land uninhabited.

With fewer people in vulnerable areas, saving lives would be easier, said David Abramson, deputy director of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness. “We didn’t evacuate enough people,” he told Metro. “Obviously people still stayed in harm’s way.”

In another effort, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer reaffirmed his East River Blueways project to curb flooding on the island.

The $3.5 million project would extend wetlands along the southeastern shore to provide recreational areas and a buffer to floodwaters, especially for the coastal 14th Street Con Edison power plant, which exploded during Sandy and left lower Manhattan in the dark for days.

Scientists suggest that power loss and fuel shortage could be mitigated through microgrids and alternative energy sources.

“Solar [energy] itself pays itself off in eight to 10 years,” said Mark Jacobson, director of Stanford University’s Atmosphere and Energy department. “At least with the solar, you can generate some energy, and especially with wind you can generate energy at night.”

Although cars faced long gas lines and fuel rationing in New York, buses ran within 24 hours after the storm.

“What Sandy showed us is that part of the reason New York did so well afterwards was that we had so many modes of transportation,” said Sarah Kaufman, research associate at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation.

But in face of the unknown, Kaufman said cooperation and sharing ideas are key to preparedness.

“[Boston was] the head of the inspiration for shutting down their transit systems before a storm,” she said. “The MTA learned from Boston after 2010.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brighton women indicted in scam involving care of…

A pair of Brighton women were due in Suffolk Superior Court Thursday morning after being indicted for allegedly stealing from an elderly woman whose trust…

Local

Florida man tied to Aaron Hernandez charged with…

Oscar Hernandez, a man tied to former New England Patriots Player Aaron Hernandez, was arrested Wednesday evening in Florida on federal charges out of Boston for obstruction of justice, witness…

International

Putin fields question from NSA fugitive Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of intelligence eavesdropping, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin a question on Thursday during…

Local

Crews battle fires in Dorchester, Cambridge overnight

Fires ripped through homes in Dorchester and Cambridge overnight causing injuries and displacing scores of residents.

Television

Way to go, guys: 'Game of Thrones' broke…

Proving that not everyone has parents who subscribe to HBO and are generous with their HBO Go logins, the latest episode of "Game of Thrones"…

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Music

Both feet on the ground with Aimee Mann…

What began with a cool double-bill of Ted Leo opening for Aimee Mann morphed into a full-fledged collaborative project that they're calling The Both. “There…

The Word

Lawsuit accuses 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of raping…

A new lawsuit accuses director Bryan Singer of sexual assault against a minor.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

NBA

Rondo on rebuild: Count me in

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo fielded questions from reporters last night after his team dropped a 118-102 decision to the Washington Wizards (44-38), which finally…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox beat White Sox…

Red Sox walk 15 times in extra innings win

NBA

Kris Humphries on free agency, future with Celtics:…

Kris Humphries on free agency, future with Celtics: 'I hope to be back'

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.

Parenting

Star-studded summer camps

Give your child the star treatment this summer with a celebrity-endorsed camp.

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.