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Flood barrier cash for New York

Plans for a flood barrier to protect New York moved a step forward last week after United States legislators passed the first stage of the Hurricane Sandy Bill.

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New York: Flooding hit the subway

The House of Representatives approved the $50bn (£31.2bn) Sandy Bill which will allocate funds and instruct the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to carry out a feasibility study into the megaproject.

But the Bill still has to be approved by the Senate and President Obama before any work can take place.

The exact nature of the feasibility study will not be made clear until the legislation is passed, but according to a USACE spokesman it is expected be co-funded by New York State.

“Once the Bill is passed we have to interpret the language to determine what will be studied,” said the spokesman.

Commissioning a full feasibility study was a key recommendation of the NYS 2100 Commission’s report on the lessons that can be learned from Hurricane Sandy which was published last week (News last week).

If the Bill is passed without amendments, the total US Federal funding outlay following Superstorm Sandy will reach £37.8bn, with £5.7bn already allocated for emergency insurance payouts.

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