NEW YORK (June 11, 2013)—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed Tuesday to construct removable flood walls for much of lower Manhattan, a permanent 15-to-20-foot levee in part of Staten Island and a system of gates and levees at a Brooklyn creek as part of a nearly $20 billion plan to protect the city from storms and global warming.
Bloomberg outlined the plan in a speech Tuesday that also included proposals to build dunes in Staten Island and the Rockaways, and to consider building a levee and a new development at the South Street Seaport that would echo nearby Battery Park City.
He's also suggesting giving $1.2 billion in grants to property owners to flood-proof their buildings.
The speech stems from a study undertaken after Superstorm Sandy.
Bloomberg says the city and Sandy relief will provide $10 billion for these projects.