4. Address extreme weather vulnerability in the long-term and align with other community goals
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The SIRR report recommends enhanced flood protection for Gowanus and a feasibility study to assess the viability of a storm surge barrier to achieve these goals. The City’s feasibility study of floodgates should be completed, and a course of action set, as part of the Gowanus plan. In addition to the floodgates feasibility study, existing buildings must be retrofitted to improve resiliency. This is especially important in the three NYCHA developments near the Canal. It is also important that resources and incentives be made available to businesses owners for building system’s upgrades and flood mitigation measures. Telecommunications systems must be upgraded and strengthened neighborhood-wide.
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