Cities Are the Best Places to Ride Out a Hurricane

At a seminar at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute to study flood barriers in New York City, Brian Colle of Stony Brook University predicted in 2009 that episodes such as this week’s record-setting floods at the Battery in Lower Manhattanwould become more common.

New York City doesn’t have much protection against storm surges, but for a few billion dollars, it could build defenses blocking the entrances to New York’s Upper or Lower Bays, according to presenters at the conference.

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