Recently, Hurricane Sandy caused massive damage along the east coast. If common sense holds true, New York City could have used a series of "flood barriers" to better protect the city's legendary subway system against the onset of the hurricane's torrential downpour.
The term denotes a certain type of floodgate, a mechanism designed for protecting a designated area from storm surges or spring tides. Often, these barriers comprise only one amongst a whole series of mechanisms (like floodwalls, levees, and other natural and artificial barriers) put in place to protect localities against the flooding caused by massive storms.
Putting defense systems in place before super storms like Sandy can help reduce storm damage. President Obama has visited New York many times since Sandy hit in order to ascertain the damage rendered and to assess the proper steps to take in moving forwards with recovery. However, any measures taken now by the government and NGOs, for instance, to help provide food and shelter to survivors and to rebuild public structures, can only be retroactive.
In NYC, storm water flooded the subways and caused the system to be closed, as well as causing massive damage to the Battery and other areas on Manhattan Island. But not only NYC was affected. The super storm caused damage across the entire region. Millions of people in the Northeast have been without electricity for over two weeks. New Jersey's coastline ultimately received the biggest blow from Sandy, which destroyed many iconic piers and portions of the boardwalk in Atlantic City. For many engineers, Sandy sent a humbling message to New York and other coastal metropolitan areas in the U.S.: we must build resilience into critical public infrastructure.
In the wake of Sandy, and the all-too-recent memory of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and its lingering damage across the Lake Pontchartrain region and the Mississippi Delta, many commercial property owners have become increasingly concerned about flooding, flood proofing, flood mitigation, and flood insurance.
Residential owners, too, have expressed grave concern over the fragility of traditionally unreinforced structures in the face of coastal super storms. The construction of coastal barriers across the length of the coast would be far too costly for the government to handle at this tenuous point overlooking the so-called "fiscal cliff."
Therefore, it is left to property owners within the community to band together and create defense systems against super storms, for the good of the entire community. We have all seen too much damage at the hands of Mother Nature to not recognize the necessity of strong coastal defense systems and storm barriers.
For 15 Years Kevin Williams has restored flood damaged properties ranging from domestic dwellings to commercial factories.In 2010 He set up Floodsense offering his expertise in Flood Prevention Techniques, Systems and Services.For free E-book, further info on Flood Barriers, and professional advice on flood prevention from a leading UK flood protection company, visit http://www.floodsense.co.uk