How elevated design, buffering infrastructure became instrumental in flood mitigation

10/30/2013 | Next City

The elevated design of vital parts of the IKEA building in Red Hook, N.Y., and the buffering infrastructure of the 117-acre Arverne by the Sea housing complex in Queens, N.Y., played important roles in flood mitigation and allowed these structures to fare reasonably well during Superstorm Sandy, writes Sarah Goodyear. Also, the 2,200-acre Freshkills Park on Staten Island absorbed the storm surge, and its green infrastructure helped spared nearby neighborhoods from flooding. "[E]ach demonstrates that things can be done better with the knowledge and technology we already have," Goodyear notes.

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