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1 Obdicut  Sat, Aug 27, 2011 8:09:02am

Well, that's a huge dereliction of duty.

2 Decatur Deb  Sat, Aug 27, 2011 8:21:25am

Where might one relocate 12,000 prisoners, many of them quite dangerous? Here is a fairly sensible look from within the comments:

"I just checked the topographical data for Rikers and the National Hurricane Center’s storm surge risk profile, and it seems that in the worst-case scenario (if NYC took a direct hit from a category 3 hurricane), parts of Rikers island would flood, but the vast majority of structures would not be at risk. The bulk of the island is about 25′ above sea level, with the eastern part reaching heights of >60′. In a direct hit under a category 3 storm, the island would be at risk of 22′-24′ surges. While that’s not a great safety buffer, both the track of the storm taking it directly over the east river, and the strength of the storm maintaining cat. 3 winds that far up the coast are highly unlikely. That said, it’s very disturbing that the city does not have an island-wide evacuation plan as the unthinkable is (remotely) possible."

3 Obdicut  Sat, Aug 27, 2011 8:23:21am

re: #2 Decatur Deb

Okay, that's relieving. Riker's doesn't look that high off the ground when you just look at it.

But:

That said, it’s very disturbing that the city does not have an island-wide evacuation plan as the unthinkable is (remotely) possible."

Sure, it might be hard to evacuate them. Doesn't mean that we shouldn't have a plan. "It's too hard" is not an excuse.

4 Alexzander  Sat, Aug 27, 2011 10:23:50am

I read some horrific stories of prisioners left behind during New Orleans, many of whom assumed they would die in their cells.


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