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Planning for Resilience on Coney Island Creek

A case study in New York's response to the Hurricane Sandy flooding in the neighborhoods of Coney Island and Gravesend.
August 28, 2016, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The New York Economic Development Corporation recently announced its release of the Coney Island Creek Resiliency Study, described as "a critical component to resiliency planning for the communities around Coney Island Creek."

"During Hurricane Sandy, Coney Island Creek was the main source of inundation for much of the Gravesend and Coney Island neighborhoods. Low edges and topography contributed to 'backdoor' flooding that caused enormous damage," according to the announcement.

The "study investigated several strategies to mitigate upland flooding, improve waterfront open space, strengthen neighborhood connections, enhance infrastructure, and provide opportunity for economic development around the Creek." A key finding of the study was the tie continued plans to study and plan for flood risk along the creek into broader regional efforts by the city and states of New York, along with the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

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Published on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in New York Economic Development Corporation
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