New York City Mayor Bloomberg was joined by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan Monday to unveil recommendations outlined in the federal Hurricane Sandy Recovery Task Force report. Josh Robin has more on the reports and possible "soft spots" in the city.
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- With a quick mouse click, a chilling picture emerges. Which streets scientists predict will be underwater in this time of rising sea levels.
"This is what the future looks like," said U.S. Secretary of Housing Shaun Donovan.
Shaun Donovan is president Obama's point-man on post-Sandy recovery. He joined Mayor Bloomberg Monday in an area flooded last October to tout how the federal government wants smarter planning after Hurricane Sandy.
Donovan said, "What you see is an understanding that our climate is changing and that we have to build differently."
Apart from the website, it's proposing local governments share information, help homeowners with skyrocketing flood insurance and insulate electrical grids from water surges after Sandy turned off much of the city's power.
Sandy also knocked out sewage treatment plants across the region, but not one on the Brooklyn-Queens border. The federal government wants to replicate its resiliency designs elsewhere. And Donovan suggests cities follow New York's ambitious plan for post-Sandy rebuilding.
The Bloomberg administration is trying to reshape much of the city's waterfront. Among the bigger projects are removable gates along lower Manhattan's shorelines, storm surge barriers in Newtown Creek, the Gowanus Canal and elsewhere, even a new neighborhood near the South Street Seaport that would absorb rising sea levels.
"I believe strongly that it should serve as a guideline and as a model," Donovan said.
"Our efforts to help those impacted by Sandy and to protect our city in the future will continue to ramp up," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
But Bloomberg's term ends at the end of the year. With planning for much of these major protects only just begun, it will fall to the next mayor to see they continue. That's to say nothing of new leaders in Washington, D.C., the source of much of the money to fund them.