City leaders break ground with new initiative to better protect Manhattan from storm surges

NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams marked 10 years since Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday by driving new initiatives to once again protect the city from that kind of devastation.

From South Street Seaport, city leaders broke ground on the Brooklyn Bridge-Montgomery Coastal Resilience project, which will add flood walls and barriers to protect parts of Manhattan.

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The mayor also appealed to the federal government for nearly $8.5 billion for critical funding for similar projects in the city.

“We regularly need reliable funding to strengthen our defenses, prevent damage and save lives and money. We also need the federal government to take other measures to ensure the city is better prepared,” Adams said.

Forty-four New Yorkers died during Sandy in 2012, and the city suffered billions of dollars in property damage.

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