New plan to protect Lower Manhattan from flooding

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials are announcing a new $100 million capital commitment to protect Lower Manhattan from flooding.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials made the announcement Thursday while handing out "go-bags" on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

They said protection would be built from the base of the Manhattan Bridge around the tip of the island to Battery Park City.

The plan will use measures like levees, flood walls, and additional park land to soak up storm water. A timetable for construction has not been set.

The plan was unveiled as the city is competing for $500 million in federal funding for additional resiliency efforts.

It is part of the city's overarching $20 billion resiliency plan created in the wake of the devastation left by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.


This story has been corrected to show headlines saying that NYC adds $100 million instead of $10 million in coastal flood protection plan.

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