More Heavy Rainfall, Flooding Prompt NYC to Create Innovation Working Groups

Smart Cities Dive:

  • New York City kicked off a “Rainproof NYC” initiative on Jan. 9 to identify innovative ways the city can address the impacts of increased heavy rainfall.
  • City agencies, nonprofits and other stakeholders will meet regularly over the next six months in three working groups that will focus on addressing gaps in infrastructure and risk management, developing an equitable residential buyout program and building capacity among various stakeholder groups.
  • Final recommendations, which the city expects to release in late spring or early summer, will inform the city’s forthcoming stormwater flood adaptation plan and its exploration of voluntarily relocating residents and acquiring land to protect against future floods.