From the Huffington Post:
[Jeff Masters, a meteorologist with the leading forecasting service Weather Underground] and other experts warn that the city may not be as lucky next time. As the warming climate brings higher rainfall and raises the sea level, they say, ever more pressure will fall on America's aging infrastructure.
And U.S. facilities are not ready for these stronger storms. In its most recent "report card" assessing the nation's infrastructure -- everything from the resilience of the power transmission and distribution systems to the integrity of crucial water and sewer networks -- the American Society for Civil Engineers was unequivocal: These critical facilities are often woefully underfunded, aging and in some cases nearing failure.
The organization gave the nation a grade of D overall and estimated that some $2.2 trillion over five years was needed to bring that up to a B.
Well there's your stimulus package.