New York’s Rising Tides
After looking at many New York Times articles, one really sparked my interest. It was about how New York’s coast was rising and how New Yorkers were lagging behind as the seas began to rise. Mireya Navarro wrote about how New York lagging behind the rest of the nation in regards to keeping their people safe from flooding and the rising seas
But even as city officials earn high marks for environmental awareness, critics say New York is moving too slowly to address the potential for flooding that could paralyze transportation, cripple the low-lying financial district and temporarily drive hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.
She also talked about how this event showed the nation about many other issues New York could have. She also talks about how far away New York is from protecting itself from something that could be so deadly.
Only a year ago, the city shut down the subway system and ordered the evacuation of 370,000 people as Hurricane Irene barreled up the Atlantic coast. Ultimately, the hurricane weakened to a tropical storm and spared the city, but it exposed how New York is years away from — and billions of dollars short of — armoring itself.
It is obvious that New York needs to pick up the pace because of the rising sea levels. Another interesting statement that was mentioned on how devastating a hurricane could be to New York was
Irene was just ust one foot short of paralyzing transportation into and out of Manhattan. If the surge had been just that much higher, subway tunnels would have flooded, segments of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive and roads along the Hudson River would have turned into rivers,and sections of the commuter rail system would have been impassable or bereft of power.
What really strikes me about this is that New York can be such a big city that is so close to water and yet it doesn’t have the proper protection for something that could be so catastrophic. New York is also behind on what to do if something catastrophic were to happen. This shows that New York, as well as other cities, are behind on what to do if something bad were to happen.