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3 plans emerge for $100M flood protection system in Red Hook

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The three proposals offer varying levels of protection for the waterfront neighborhood

Nearly four years after Superstorm Sandy devastated Red Hook, city officials have unveiled three early-stage concepts to protect the waterfront neighborhood from future storms, reports DNAInfo.

All three concepts would use a combination of permanent and deployable features to guard against flooding; the larger question is one of location.

DNAinfo outlines the choices: In one version of the plan, the system is at the edge of the coast, which would protect the whole neighborhood. Alternatively, it could be placed a little bit further inland, leaving the waterfront vulnerable. Or, it could be even further inland, which would protect even less of the area. (The exact details are still somewhat murky at present, and per DNA, the ideas are meant to "serve only as a framework to understand the pros and cons of each option.")

Of course, each scenario also has downsides: The outermost option, running along the Red Hook waterfront, offers the best flood protection, but it’s also the priciest, and the most likely to impede waterfront access. The inner two options, on the other hand, are cheaper and wouldn’t affect the waterfront, but they’d also offer less protection.

The plans are part of the city’s Integrated Flood Protection Service Project, launched last October, which is "primarily meant to address whether a system can be built that incorporates federal and legal requirements with community needs." According to DNAInfo, they’ll be seeking community feedback for the rest of the study period, set to wrap at the end of this year.