FOX5NY: In 2014, the federal government awarded New York City hundreds of millions of dollars to make improvements so that the next time a coastal storm comes around we don’t see the same level of catastrophic flooding as we did in Superstorm Sandy.
But some of the projects are behind schedule, according to Amy Chester, the managing director of Rebuild by Design, the nonprofit that oversaw a design competition to make parts of the tristate area more resilient against devastating storms like Sandy.
Seven rebuild projects were greenlighted, she said. The ones in Staten Island and Hoboken are furthest ahead. But the biggest project, called the BIG U, to protect lower Manhattan from flooding, is now seeing big delays.
Chester explained the BIG U will be a multipurpose berm adjacent to the FDR Drive. It will create a new environment for the community. Check it out >>