What we just experienced wasn't even a hurricane and look at the problems it caused. While this weekend's Storm Leaves a Toll of Flooding and Hardship in its wake, and the Army Corps of Engineers is entering a New Phase for a Decades-Old Shoreline Plan on Long Island, a warning comes from the UN that the city will drown if the Earth warms.
Emily Lloyd, commissioner of the city's Department of Environmental Protection, confirmed that a rising sea level and more frequent and intense storms are threats.
The DEP has been working with the Parks and Transportation departments to use roadways and open spaces to hold storm water until it can be absorbed more slowly after storms. "We've already done quite a bit of this on Staten Island because there's so much open land," Lloyd said.
Once again, building towers on the waterfront and filling in every inch of open space in the city with concrete may not be the smartest idea.
Photo of flooding in Howard Beach from 1010WINS.com