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November 2, 2012

Sandy whips up debate about a $6B sea barrier to protect New York City

  • One doesn't have to go to Europe or New Orleans to find examples of massive sea barriers: Providence, R.I., has been protected by a 3,000-foot gated barrier since 1966.
    Associated Press

    NEW YORK — The vast destruction wreaked by the storm surge in New York could have been prevented with a sea barrier of the type that protects major cities in Europe, some scientists and engineers say. The multibillion-dollar price tag of such a project has been a hindrance, but may appear more palatable after the damage from Superstorm Sandy has been tallied.

    “The time has come. The city is finally going to have to face this,” said oceanography professor Malcolm J. Bowman at Long Island's Stony Brook University. He has warned for years of the potential for a catastrophic storm surge in New York and has advocated for a barrier.

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