LITTLE FERRY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Federal officials say they’ll fund a series of designs to protect the New York and New Jersey region from storms like Sandy.
Along with Mayor De Blasio, Governor Cuomo and Senator Chuck Schumer, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced $335-million of HUD funding for a 16 1/2-ft tall berm in a park like setting that would protect the low lying, flood prone area from East 23rd Street down to Houston Street on the Lower East Side.
The move will be the first step in a larger multi-billion dollar project called ‘The Big U’ which would ultimately provide a protective barrier around Manhattan from Midtown East all the way around to Midtown West.
That project will create an 8-mile system of dykes around low-lying parts of Manhattan.
“We are working to ensure that we fight against flood waters before they happen, with real protection for the people of the East Side of Manhattan,” Mayor De Blasio said.
Another protects a key food market — Hunts Point — in the Bronx, while a third helps drain stretches of Long Island.
Another project will construct oyster-bed breakwaters for Tottenville, Staten Island.