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1 calochortus  Thu, Nov 1, 2012 6:53:16pm

Hmmm, what if we decided to really work on this problem from 2 different directions?
We could put a lot of people to work on improving infrastructure, and we could work to minimize climate change.
Of course, that would require that we work through (gasp!) government, but wouldn't that be better than blowing the money on annoying people with military adventures abroad?

2 prairiefire  Thu, Nov 1, 2012 7:25:12pm

Governor Cuomo stated tonight that the long term planning for NY infrastructure has got to change. It would be foolish and regressive not to, imo.
And Lord knows, there's enough money invested in all that real estate currently underwater, they will figure out a way to do it.

{{lawhawk}}

3 lawhawk  Thu, Nov 1, 2012 7:41:09pm

re: #2 prairiefire

I really doubt the infrastructure will change. And it's more than infrastructure.

It's about zoning and building on barrier islands. It's about doing more to make the power distribution system more durable - whether it's burying lines in areas that aren't flood-prone to making sure that they're above ground in those that are flood prone. No one method will be a cure-all. Redundancy needs to be addressed.

It's about adjusting infrastructure to recognize new technologies and storm protection systems.

But the costs aren't going to come cheap - and everyone will balk at the cost to install protection systems like the tidal barriers that some have suggested.

Thing is - the storm protection system might protect Manhattan, but it wouldn't help someplace like Long Beach or Long Branch.

4 prairiefire  Thu, Nov 1, 2012 8:56:39pm

re: #3 lawhawk

Can you imagine 3/8th's of Manhattan being sliced off like a piece of cake? I don't see how they can maintain the level of protection needed if the storm water levels return again continually over the next 5 to 10 years.

5 Tigger2  Fri, Nov 2, 2012 2:19:45am

re: #4 prairiefire

Can you imagine 3/8th's of Manhattan being sliced off like a piece of cake? I don't see how they can maintain the level of protection needed if the storm water levels return again continually over the next 5 to 10 years.

The water levels will get even higher in time. They better start building for that and not for just what happened.

6 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Nov 2, 2012 6:17:22am

re: #5 Tigger2

The water levels will get even higher in time. They better start building for that and not for just what happened.

They can take lessons from Amsterdam and other cities in the Low Countries.


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