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June 11, 2013

New York Mayor Proposes $20 Billion Flood Protection Plan

by VOA News

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a nearly $20 billion plan to protect New York City from storms and rising sea levels due to global warming.

Bloomberg said Tuesday the plan includes a permanent 15-to-20-foot levee in part of Staten Island and a system of gates and levees in Brooklyn, as well as upgrades in the city's power and telecommunications infrastructure.

The proposal aims to ensure New York's extensive subway, transit, sewer and water, energy, and food distribution systems will still be able to serve the city's more than eight million people.

Bloomberg also recommended giving $1.2 billion in grants to property owners to flood-proof their buildings.

The plan was developed after Hurricane Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage last year on the U.S. Atlantic coast.