NYC – Water Logged

“This changing weather pattern is the result of climate change, and the sad reality is our climate is changing faster than our infrastructure can respond.”

Rohit Aggarwala, Department of Environmental Protection

Water streaming out between the tiles in the subway. Not too sure about the structural integrity of that column.

Brooklyn got over 6 inches of water over 12 hours. This bus drives through water so deep, it floods the aisle of the bus.

So much water on the subway tracks that a floating soda can is shorting out the third rail.

When enough rain drains on to the old electric cabling and water gets into the old cables, it shorts out and sets the insulation on fire.

Or just cause a lot of steam when the rain hits the steam pipes.

The Mayor asked citizens to unclog any drains to help drain the streets. Some places were so inundated with water that the drains turned into full on whirlpools

The water was so high in Central Park that the sea lions were able to swim out of their enclosure. They were quickly rounded up though.

New York City is starting to prepare for storm surges by constructing enormous sea walls around the perimeter of Manhattan. It gives me Game of Thrones vibes.

It’s ten feet high and set a bit inland; instead of hugging the waterline precisely, it approximately traces the outer rail of the FDR, perhaps 30 or 40 paces from the shoreline for much of its length. For those skeptical that a wall can stop the force of a coastal storm surge, there’s more to the gates than what’s aboveground: The foundations go deep and incorporate waterproof barriers to stop water from seeping past them from below. Their design life is specified at 100 years. They have enough structural strength to support an added three feet of height on top, should the worst projections of sea rise come into play. But it’s worth keeping in mind that they are meant to protect against one kind of storm but not another. They won’t be able to do anything about the immensely heavy rainstorms we’re now getting, including Ophelia, the storm we just had in late September. The gates weren’t closed for Ophelia, because that flooding came from above, not across.

Walling Up the East Side to Save It







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