(MINEOLA, NY) – October 13, 2021 – Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced she will be seeking a comprehensive Resiliency Review of all existing storm water infrastructure as the effects of climate change become more pronounced and the size and frequency of major storms and other precipitation events continue to intensify. The Resiliency Review will allow the County to identify and prioritize flood mitigation projects that will help protect households and businesses most vulnerable to future disasters.
“We must make building our infrastructure safer, stronger and smarter a top priority before the next disaster strikes,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “Nassau will be conducting a top-to-bottom review of drainage in every neighborhood throughout our County to ensure our residents and businesses are better prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.”
Last month County Executive Curran and the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery broke ground on five projects totaling more than $20 million in Nassau to improve drainage:
Tropical Storm Ida caused extensive flood damage to thousands of homes and key infrastructure assets in areas once thought impervious to major flooding. While Superstorm Sandy highlighted many vulnerabilities of Nassau’s south shore, Tropical Storm Ida has renewed focus on stormwater management and infrastructure throughout the County.
“For every dollar invested in climate-resilient infrastructure, six dollars can be saved,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “Disaster risk reductions must be central in our planning to protect both life and property.”
The Resiliency Review is part of the County Executive’s Proposed Capital Plan in 2022.
To date, more than 4,300 Nassau households impacted by Tropical Strom Ida have applied for federal disaster recovery assistance.