NYC Mayor Proposes Steps To Protect City From Effects Of Global Warming

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.

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