The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program was established by the New York State Department of State in the wake of several severe weather events including Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and the devastating floods of 2013. The program leverages state investments to assist with reconstruction projects directed toward damaged infrastructure, as well as other projects that are intended to mitigate against future risks and increase their resiliency in the face of future storm events. EDR assisted AECOM and Cameron Engineering to engage with communities where the flood events of 2013 caused widespread damage to homes and municipal infrastructure. EDR coordinated outreach events to connect residents, business owners, municipal staff, and state agency staff in these four counties, where unprecedented flooding along waterways and storm sewer systems overwhelmed multiple communities with millions of dollars worth of damage.
These New York Rising Countywide Resiliency Plans represent the first steps these county and state will take toward implementing priority projects, and ultimately creating a more resilient community.