City councilors — alarmed by back-to-back storms — will hold a special hearing today on the threat of coastal flooding, after seeing waterborne debris flow through Boston’s harborside streets.
“We’ve had two ‘once in a hundred year’ storms in the past month,” said Councilor Michelle Wu, the hearing’s sponsor. “Throughout Boston this is going to an issue. There will be tremendous costs. How do we plan to pay for it? How do we plan to maintain that level of resiliency? What are the governing structures, are there laws that should be passed?”
Wu first called the meeting after city waters rose 15 feet during the Jan. 5 nor’easter, sending garbage dumpsters floating down streets and stranding residents in their cars. Two more major storms hit Boston in the weeks that followed. (read more)
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