Waterfront Alliance Warns NY And NJ Under Prepared For Natural Disasters

Kristie Keleshian
July 10, 2020 - 3:48 pm
Tropical Storm Fay

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A regional organization is pointing to Tropical Storm Fay as a reminder to how ill prepared New York and New Jersey are for natural disasters. 

As Tropical Storm Fay moved towards the Tri-State area on Friday, the Waterfront Alliance launched a new campaign called the “Rise 2 Resilience Campaign.”

Its newly released policy proposal package includes a demand for transparency from New York and New Jersey on flood zones.

"The flood risk disclosure laws in New Jersey and New York are failing. People don't know their flood risk,” said Kate Boicourt, director of resilience at Waterfront Alliance.

She says Superstorm Sandy and its effects were the prime example of how under prepared the region is for natural disasters. 

Boicourt says having the state notify its residents, by law, of the flood zones they live in is just as important as knowing a car’s history report before buying it.

“We have right to know that car is history through Carfax, so these are things that are codified into law that should be such a thing for flood risk disclosure,” Boicourt said. 

The group notes that rising sea levels combined with climate chance also threaten the Tri-State area with a risk of increased flooding. 

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