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City pumps in $100 million for Lower Manhattan flood protection

As the three-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that the city will spend $100 million to protect Lower Manhattan from major storms. “It’s our responsibility to do the big work of resiliency in protecting whole communities — that’s why we’re investing $100 million dollars to build a system that will protect all of Lower Manhattan from flooding,” said de Blasio…


Tropical storm Erika: Dominica declares disaster status and appeals for aid

Rescue teams worked to reopen roads to remote communities in Dominica on Sunday after tropical storm Erika caused flooding and mudslides that killed at least 20 people and left more than 50 missing on the Caribbean island. “Access by road to these communities is impossible,” said the prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit. These towns “are cut off from the rest of the country”. In a national address late on Saturday, Skerrit declared disaster status for nine local areas…


Ten years after Katrina, New Orleans is still a ticking time bomb

Katrina was hereMore than 1,800 people lost their lives on account of Hurricane Katrina and in the flooding that followed, which submerged 80 percent of New Orleans. But traces of the tragedy can still be seen all over the city, adding a morbid fascination to what already is one of the most peculiar cities in the United States. But according to the New York Times, most New Orleanians appeared to feel confident in their city’s eventual recovery, which many said took long and seemed to be an insurmountable task at times. The report also highlighted that ten years after the hurricane there were differences along racial lines in how locals viewed the success of the city’s renaissance and whether…



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