served to gain a better understanding of how the City plans to address the additional concerns brought to light in recent weeks.In addition, following Sandy, the Coast Guard closed New York Harbor to fuel tankers, partiallyout of fear that floating debris (storage containers etc.) presented a hazard to such vessels. This isconsidered a major contributor to the gas crisis following the storm. It is not unimaginable thatsuch massive objects adrift in the harbor and rivers could pose a future threat to river and harbor activity. This fact raises additional questions about a potential MTS in a flood/surge area on theeast river.Our expectations of flood damage were exceeded during Sandy. Given this information, it is safeto assume we no longer have a full understanding of potential flooding in the future. Based onthese concerns, I am requesting a response to the following questions regarding the safety of theMTS in tropical storm or hurricane conditions:
Could the proposed MTS be at risk of damage from large drifting objects as the CoastGuard deemed dangerous for large vessels post-Sandy?
Could garbage containers from the MTS be knocked into the river during a storm, causinghazardous conditions for vessels?Have plans for the MTS taken into account such possibilities?
In the event that storms similar to or more severe than Sandy were to strike NYC andcause damage to the East 91
St. MTS, how would the City handle/respond to the followingpossibilities?Would flooding of the MTS cause garbage contaminated water entering basements andfirst floor homes to be more harmful than the flooding endured during Sandy? Why orwhy not? Please review the attached photo’s of the site during Sandy flooding.Would additional preparation be necessary in the event of evacuation and relocation of displaced residents in anticipation of waste contaminated flooding?How would DSNY handle garbage removal and transport in the event that the MTSsuffered debilitating damage during a storm or was out of commission for an extendedperiod of time?Would such methods be more or less expensive than projected utilization of the MTS orour current system?Does the City anticipate any design alterations, following Sandy and the lessons we’velearned? Would these alterations change the cost of the project?Does the MTS need to be built higher or stronger?