W has been working with NYC EDC, NYC ORR, Dewberry, Cooper Robertson, Hatch Mott McDonald, and Hester Street Collaborative on the Red Hook IFPS to analyze how to protect Red Hook from flooding with $100 million. On Thursday, October 14, a public meeting was held to ask the community what the best approach to flood protection would be. The $100 million is the amount provided for the flood system by the Federal Emergency Management System (FEMA) and the Department of Housing (HUD). The community was asked what the design flood elevation should be – protection for a 10-year, 50-year, or 100-year storm? Different design flood elevations require different flood protection systems – likely a combination of walls, berms, and other technologies. The community was also asked how far inland the flood barrier should be placed from the waterfront. The Red Hook IFPS will be done early next year. The city can then move ahead with the design process.
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