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To protect a community from climate change, New York is elevating a park

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By Angela Moore NEW YORK (Reuters) – Superstorm Sandy flooded lower Manhattan in 2012 with nearly 5 feet (1.5 m) of water, swamping the city’s subway and destroying homes and businesses. The storm and its aftermath were a wake-up call that New York City was not immune from the more severe storms and rising sea levels caused by climate change. To protect lower Manhattan, the city has broken ground on a $1.45 billion project to install 2.4 miles (3.9 km) of flood walls, flood gates and other barriers along the East River. The project also includes razing the waterside East River Park and coverin…

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