Coney Island

Many fear NYCHA developments are still at risk for major storms

January 30, 2019 By Raanan Geberer

More than six years ago, Superstorm Sandy decimated several NYCHA housing projects in Brooklyn, including the Red Hook Houses and several developments in Coney Island. Some buildings didn’t have running water, heat or electricity for weeks.

Now, according to The Nation, some people are asking if NYCHA is more prepared for such emergencies than it was back then. The issue is particularly acute because NYHCA has suffered a $3 billion loss in federal funding since 2001.

At the Red Hook Houses, The Nation reported, temporary boilers are still in use and mold still grows over water-damaged walls. Red Hook is particularly vulnerable to storms because it was built on landfills “on top of marshy land and tidal ponds.”

A plan to install floodwalls, raise streets and improve drainage in Red Hook was originally expected to be completed by 2016, but little has been done to get these proposals off the ground, according to The Nation.  Instead of the promised measures, a temporary barrier of sandbags has been installed along one of the neighborhood’s low-lying streets.

The Fifth Avenue Committee, a Brooklyn-based housing advocacy group, has reached out to NYCHA requesting updated emergency protocols, “but to no avail,” The Nation said.

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