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Port Authority To Spend $59 Million On Hurricane Prep

PATH System Was Flooded By Sandy
Floodwaters rush into the Hoboken PATH station during Sandy (credit: Port Authority)

Floodwaters rush into the Hoboken PATH station during Sandy (credit: Port Authority)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is spending $59 million to prepare its facilities for the upcoming hurricane season. The Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners approved the money at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

Executive Director Patrick Foye says the measures are part of the agency’s efforts to protect its facilities from severe weather events like Superstorm Sandy.

The money approved Wednesday will go toward efforts such as the installation of pumps and flood barriers in the PATH train system and more pumps and generators at the World Trade Center site.

“Our flood protection projects will utilize metal panels, temporary concrete barriers and water-filled jersey barriers to protect doorways and buildings and station entrances,” along the PATH system, Foye told reporters including WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

There will also be more permanent and temporary pumps, Haskell reported.

“LaGuardia is also moving electrical equipment above the flood plain to be protected against future flooding,” Foye said.

LaGuardia suffered the worst damage of the Port Authority’s three airports during Sandy.

A large generator will be connected to pumps to clear water at the airport.

The agency says it has approved $450 million in Sandy-related efforts, including recovery, cleanup and mitigation.

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