Investing in Resilient Infrastructure After Superstorm Sandy
When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in early November, it wreaked unprecedented destruction. In addition to flooding streets and subway tunnels, uprooting trees, damaging cars and houses, and injuring and killing residents of the area, Sandy also caused incredible damage to New York and New Jersey’s water infrastructure.
Water treatment plants across the region were inundated by storm surges, sending hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated sewage into flooded city streets and local waterways. These spills are devastating to the environment and pose a significant public health risk to residents. Although it’s been over a month since Sandy hit and communities are slowly cleaning up and drying out, the pollutants, toxins, and bacteria carried by floodwaters are still present.
The devastating results of Superstorm Sandy illustrate the importance of our water infrastructure systems. With the increasing likelihood of severe storms due to a changing climate, our current management systems should be updated to mitigate future disasters. While the focus is often on replacing damaged or destroyed infrastructure, some officials are acknowledging that changes and upgrades should be made such as raising the motors of treatment plants above rising flood lines and waterproofing circuitry.
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