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New York City buildings are becoming more ‘flood-proof’

Newer apartment buildings in Manhattan are trying to "flood-proof" their foundation to protect properties from future damage.
Newer apartment buildings in Manhattan are trying to "flood-proof" their foundation to protect properties from future damage.

It has almost been one year since Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc along the Atlantic seaboard, notably parts of New York and New Jersey. Businesses are working on protecting themselves from the next natural disaster. Business continuity consultants can provide insight on how a company can thoroughly prepare for these situations.

Scott Resnick, who has been in the construction industry for 24 years, is working on 'flood-proofing' luxury condominiums in Manhattan. Before that, Resnick was a part of a flood management team  that assisted the Whitney Museum of American Art recover after Hurricane Sandy destroyed its foundation, the Wall Street Journal explained.

The museum is located next to the Hudson River, which is why it suffered such severe flood damages. 

One of the residencies that Resnick is currently overseeing in its flood-proofing is not too far from the Whitney Museum of American Art. One protective measure buyers can expect is that their building will have a five to six foot wall of concrete that is covered with granite and metal. Originally, this part of the apartment building was slated to have a glass curtain wall.

"We are building essentially a bathtub around the perimeter of our building," Resnick told the news source. "We have done everything we possibly can do to make our buyers feel safe and secure."

During Hurricane Sandy, many parts of Manhattan were heavily flooded and operations on Wall Street were halted for two days. The last time that happened was during the Great Blizzard of 1888, ComputerWorld reported.

Companies that need assistance implementing measures to safeguard their operations in the wake of a storm, and ensure a quick recovery process, should reach out to business continuity consultants.