Information about Hurricane Sandy.
The transfer from city to federal control will save the city approximately half a million dollars a year in operating expenses. The Army Corp will also be spend $4 million on needed repairs, money that the city obviously does not have.
“This effort is a win-win for everyone because it puts the federal resources behind the maintenance and repair of the Hurricane Barrier and is an important cost savings measure for taxpayers,” said Mayor Cicilline.
“For nearly fifty years this system has protected city residents and local business, but after Hurricane Katrina hit in August of 2005, the federal government undertook a careful review of critical flood control systems around the country. Following that review, we determined that the Army Corps of Engineers should take management and financial responsibility for Fox Point Hurricane Barrier. This transfer of all future operation and maintenance of the system to the Army Corps will protect the downtown area and our state’s economy and will save Providence millions of dollars,” said Senator Reed.
All that is well and good, but frankly, I was there to take pictures. So here they are:
All photos by Jef Nickerson