And so New York is vulnerable to major storms. Coastal cities are but no amount of preparation will ever be “enough” or of the right kind.
“He had hoped that the South Ferry station would be a refuge from the storm.”
Why would anyone think that a subway station in a coastal city is a good place to ride out a hurricane?
“The cost of strengthening the city will be astronomical” according to the paid experts in the article.
For the billions they are talking about spending to fortify the area, they could gradually buy out frequently flooded residences, vacation homes, & businesses. Rather than build defenses that must be maintained & improved, parks & wetlands cost little to maintain.
Federal flood insurance is part of the problem. It is a “get out of jail free” card for those that build & live in flood prone areas. It should be changed such that after the 2nd-3rd flood claim the gov’t buys the entire property, which reverts to parks & wetlands forever. Over time, flood insurance claims will become as rare as 100 year storms, & there will be far fewer victims with their entire lives gone.