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New York urged to consider building flood barrier

The commission appointed by New York state governor Andrew Cuomo after Superstorm Sandy has recommended that the state should conduct a comprehensive assessment into building a storm surge barrier for New York harbour similar to that recently built in St Petersburg.

The plan is one of many recommendations in the NYS2100 Commission’s preliminary report into strengthening the state’s infrastructure and making it more resilient in the light of the severe damage caused by the storm last October.

The report includes both short and long term recommendations for energy, transportation, land use, insurance and infrastructure financing, as well as recommendations that are common to all these sectors, such as protecting, upgrading, and strengthening existing systems, encouraging the use of green and natural infrastructure, improving data, mapping, visualisation and communication systems, and promoting integrated planning and decision-making for capital investments.

Recommendations for the city’s transport networks include identifying a “transportation lifeline network” of tunnels, bridges,highways, rail facilities and airports essential to state and regional mobility that must be “physically able to withstand the impacts of severe events”.

It also recommends establishing an “Infrastructure Bank” to “coordinate, allocate, and maximize investment in the construction, rehabilitation, replacement, and expansion of infrastructure”.

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