A year ago, flash floods ripped through parts of New York state after the remnants of a hurricane passed through the northeast.
The storm highlighted the need to bolster infrastructure in flood prone areas -- including spaces not previously considered vulnerable to extreme weather events.
Now, a year later, New York is set to recieve $3 billion in federal aid to strengthen its infrastructure against a variety of threats, including floods, wildfires and hurricanes, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced.
"We have seen the devastating impacts of climate change and extreme weather far too often in New York State, and in response we are preparing for the future," Hochul said. "My administration will continue to invest in resiliency measures across the state to ensure our infrastructure can withstand the next so-called hundred-year storm, and I encourage all of our local government partners to apply for this critical funding."
The money is coming from both the Federal Emergency Management Agency or through the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant program. In many instances the money can be used for management costs, mitigation projects and bolstering buildings for capability and capaicty.
New York is receiving money as voters this November are also due to consider a $4.2 billion Environmental Bond Act. If approved, the money would be used for a variety of infrastructure-hardening efforts to curtail the impact of climate change, including projects to shore up waterways and sewers.