Flash floods reveal the vulnerability of New York City’s aging infrastructure

A severe storm dumped several inches of rain in less than 24 hours over parts of New York City on Friday last week. The amount of water turned streets into fast-moving rivers, bringing subway travel to a halt. The storm has exposed the vulnerability of the Big Apple’s aging infrastructure to extreme weather events. The intensity of these events has increased due to climate change.

City leaders in cities such as New York need to consider several factors while dealing with severe weather events, including:

  • The increasing unpredictability and severity of climate related events
  • The inability of aging city infrastructure to deal with the effects of climate change
  • The need for more investments in city infrastructure

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