NY storm commission urges flood walls for subways
Commission Co-Chairwoman Judith Rodin told the AP that there is no "single fix" to the destruction Sandy caused. She said the commission sought to gird New York against another superstorm and build on routine maintenance, repair and replacements to "a normal, high-functioning 21st-century system."
The measures in the report include:
— Raising some rail lines and signals above projected flood levels.
— Waterproofing subways and electronics sensitive to saltwater.
— Greater attention to the drinking water supply. The state's 30- and 40-year-old wastewater systems statewide were overwhelmed by storms the last two years, the report said.
— Burying key energy lines underground to reduce damage from downed wires.
— A rapid bus transit network in dedicated lanes to reduce dependence on subways in lower Manhattan and allow exits to outer boroughs.
— Well-stocked and disaster-protected safe havens with generators in schools, hospitals and government buildings as well as big-box stores and shopping malls willing to be sanctuaries in exchange for incentives and support.
— Adding water pumps at airports with emergency generators that, along with other measures, would have kept airports open during Sandy. The report notes airports are a critical piece in long-term relief efforts.
— Allowing the growth of new grasses in wetland such as the Fire Island Wilderness breach. This would be part of more natural and man-made barriers that could also increase public access to the shore and reduce "urban heat island effects."
— Installing barriers and gates to prevent flooding of docks and ports.
— A state fuel depot.
— Coordination of skilled residents such as electricians to respond to disaster and training for all residents to respond to disaster.