NBC's Denise Chow and Evan Bush are reporting that NYC was hit with historic rainfall that caused major flooding in the Big Apple.
A severe storm in New York City dumped over 7 inches of rain in less than 24 hours, causing flash floods, suspending public transportation, and revealing the city's vulnerability to extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change.
The storm, following Hurricane Ida's impact two years prior, highlighted the inadequacy of the city's aging infrastructure. Experts emphasized that climate change intensifies rainfall, overwhelming existing infrastructure.
Despite post-Hurricane Sandy efforts to improve resilience, progress has been slow. The city's stormwater management systems are outdated, and investments in green infrastructure and real-time emergency communication are needed.
Lack of flood insurance coverage further compounds the risks faced by communities.
Additionally, a potential government shutdown could hinder recovery efforts, especially if the National Flood Insurance Program's authorization lapses.
(This article was written with help from ChatGPT)