City officials are trying to cement a unified response plan to confront what some climate scientists say is an increased risk of flooding in parts of Manhattan.
Floods this week in Missouri, Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky have resulted in at least 11 deaths. A number of local climatologists are predicting that New York City — with its nearly 600 miles of waterfront — faces similar risks, or worse.
A research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Klaus Jacob, predicts that increasing sea levels and unpredictable weather patterns tied to global warming mean that hurricane-type storms in New York could increase to a frequency of one every decade.
Over the next 80 years, sea levels around New York City could rise anywhere from 11.8 to 37.5 inches, according to calculations issued by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, a federal agency. The result could be flooding in low-lying neighborhoods and the repeated shutdowns of the metropolitan transportation system.
Unified Response Is Sought For Flood Plan for the City
The Bloomberg administration has tasked a number of its agencies, including the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Buildings, the Department of Sanitation, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the city's Office of Emergency Management, to work in concert with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross to improve the city's response to flooding.
Well then why worry? We're obviously in capable hands...