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Fix the infrastructure!

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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:46 pm, Thu Aug 1, 2019.

A pattern develops every time we have a major weather event. Whether it’s subway delays, blackouts, flooding or other related storms, politicians follow the same protocol.

They go on TV, hold press conferences or send out releases expressing outrage at Con Ed, the MTA or other agencies. Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio bashed Con Ed Monday with the mayor saying he was “extremely disappointed” and promised the city would investigate.

Since last Saturday, the city had a blackout on the West Side of Manhattan. More than 30,000 were without power in southeast Brooklyn Sunday after Con Ed equipment overheated in the weekend heat wave. Multiple serious subways failed on Friday and other days. All that prior to Monday’s nightmare rain and floods.

NYC Scanner posted on twitter videos of Carroll Street in Brooklyn under two feet of water. Looked like a canoe would be the only method of transportation!

Few can argue the effects of climate change has intruded our daily lives. More than half of the United States baked in a heat wave this past weekend followed by deadly rain and wind on Monday.

Our leaders need to create an action plan and devote necessary funds to ensure the city doesn’t break down every time a weather event happens.

In retrospect, we should be surprised and thankful that so few went without power in such extreme heat. That is no relief for those that were affected. But in light of the antiquated system of sewers, subway tunnels and electric grid we have, most of us were fortunate to have the a/c running all weekend. It’s time to end the blame game and fix the crumbling infrastructure.

Welcome to the discussion.

1 comment:

  • Hunkster posted at 5:36 pm on Sun, Aug 11, 2019.

    Hunkster Posts: 15

    Our again infrastructure is crumbling before our very own eyes with politicians blaming each other. 😂