Boston is preparing for the Great Flood. After watching water inundate New York’s subway system, Boston officials began to examine the possibilities of heavy flooding in Bean Town. The outlook was not good. It’s possible your city is in the same position. Read here how Boston is planning for disaster:
The estimated long-term tab for storm-proofing the Big Dig: $196 million. Using Mr. Miller’s model, the city in October identified between $151 million and $253 million in projects for two vulnerable neighborhoods by 2040.
The cost for securing the rest of Boston? Nobody has even tried to hazard a guess. Officials have discussed building a giant floodgate that could seal off Boston Harbor during big storms, but that could take decades and more than $10 billion. Two years after the Boston flooding model was completed, Massachusetts has yet to fund a single project.
“I don’t think any city in America, or quite honestly in the world, is prepared for one of these devastating storms,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh in an interview. At a press conference in early January, he said the recent blizzard was “a reminder today of what could happen in a storm like this.”
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