New York City is set to get the biggest flood damage from Hurricane Sandy in more than a century as the city braces for a record-setting flood of up to 18 inches.
But for many New Yorkers, the maps of the storm and the city’s infrastructure are more important than the actual damage, the Bloomberg administration said Tuesday.
The maps will become more visible as the storm approaches, the governor said in a news conference.
“It’s not about the water, it’s about the infrastructure,” New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo said at a news briefing.
“We are going to have to do a lot more than just watch the water.”
Cuomo said the city was prepared for the worst.
For instance, officials are deploying a network of more than 100 pumps and water pumps, which will allow the city to have access to fresh water quickly, he said.
Flooding and flooding damage on the other hand is not as clear-cut as it may seem.
While the storm’s winds reached 110 miles per hour in New Jersey, for instance, Cuomo said that was not a big deal because the wind was at the same intensity as a Category 3 hurricane.
Instead, it is a sign of how quickly the city is responding to a crisis, he added.
On Tuesday, the city also had a chance to see its streets and neighborhoods in the wake of Sandy.
The New York National Guard and thousands of firefighters and other rescue personnel were deployed in the state’s flooded coastal cities to help people and businesses.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to bring more than $30 billion in damage to the state.