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6 Years After Hurricane Sandy, Here’s What They Came Up With: Really Big Sandbags

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6 Years After Hurricane Sandy, Here’s What They Came Up With: Really Big Sandbags

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Barriers made up of large sandbags, like this one in Brooklyn, will be installed along the East River esplanade in Manhattan, from Wall Street to just north of the Brooklyn Bridge. Credit Credit Nicole Craine for The New York Times

After Hurricane Sandy devastated New York in 2012, city officials considered some drastic responses to storm surges, like long concrete sea walls and tall earthen berms.

But as the seventh hurricane season since then approaches, the city is relying on something more modest as the first line of defense against another inundation of Manhattan: a row of glorified sandbags.

In the next few months, the city’s Office of Emergency Management plans to oversee the installation of four-foot-tall sacks of soil along the East River esplanade, from Wall Street to just north of the Brooklyn Bridge.

For up to five years, they essentially would form the only barrier to keep water from again rushing into the low-lying neighborhoods around the South Street Seaport…

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