BY LUIS GRONDA
Five mitigation and resiliency projects aim to make LaGuardia Airport better prepared for future storms.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced five measures to improve the airport’s infrastructure and protect it from flooding similar to what was caused by last year’s Superstorm Sandy.
With a total cost of $37.5 million, the project will enhance draining capacity, install multiple flood control measures and improve electrical power resilience at LaGuardia.
During last year’s storm, much of the major travel hub was shut down for three days after many of its necessities were damaged by flood waters. Almost 12 feet of water flowed through the wall system, designed to keep surrounding bays protected from the airport. More than 100 million gallons of water from the Flushing Bay streamed into the travel hub.
“Hurricane Sandy forced us to reevaluate how we prepare for and respond to major natural disasters in New York,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “The question is not if another storm will hit, but when, and the State is doing everything it can to ensure that New York’s infrastructure is strong and durable when the time comes.”
Federal funding will cover $28.1 million of the project’s total cost.
Among the improvements is building a concrete floodwall around the West End Substation, which is critical to powering the airfield systems in the airport, replacing current generators with larger, more efficient emergency back up generators and fixing the airport’s power distribution grid.
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