A damaged roller coaster in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

NY - US Army Weighs Up Proposal For Gigantic Sea Wall to Defend NY From Future Floods

Could a massive barrier erected in the ocean shield New York from the devastation of superstorm surges like Hurricane Sandy in 2012?

The truth is, nobody knows for sure, but a giant sea wall is nonetheless one serious proposal being looked at in a long-term research project designed to prevent a repeat of the deaths and destruction unleashed by the 2012 storm.

With a view to protecting the New York-New Jersey Harbour and Tributaries region from surges and flooding during powerful coastal storms – especially as sea levels rise due to climate change – the US Army Corps of Engineers is examining the feasibility of five different approaches to managing future flood risk in the area.

The multi-year study is only about halfway through its full assessment process, with the Corps expecting to release its final report and recommendations sometime in 2022.

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