World Trade Center classified as flood danger zone in new FEMA maps released after Hurricane Sandy

By Erin Durkin New York Daily News

Owners of properties will have to be forced to elevate their buildings or face skyrocketing insurance premiums. A Port Authority spokesman said the WTC was designed above the flood plain.

The World Trade Center site has been classified as a danger flood zone, though Port Authority says it has been designed to be above the flood plain.

Federal officials have added thousands of buildings to their flood danger zones in the wake of Hurricane Sandy — including the World Trade Center site.

A new citywide flood map distributed by FEMA includes neighborhoods of Red Hook, Greenpoint, upper East Side and lower Manhattan. FEMA

A new citywide flood map distributed by FEMA includes neighborhoods of Red Hook, Greenpoint, upper East Side and lower Manhattan. FEMA

Owners of properties added to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood maps may be forced to elevate their buildings several feet or face skyrocketing insurance premiums. FEMA also added parts of lower Manhattan, the upper East Side, Red Hook and Greenpoint.

A Port Authority spokesman said plans for the WTC site were designed to be above the flood plain. A spokesman for the 9/11 Memorial Museum said its design includes flood-proofing.

But lawyer Norman Siegel, who represents families fighting a plan to bury unidentified human remains in the museum said the flood designation is another reason to worry about placing remains 70 feet underground.

Parts of lower Manhattan now included in flood map distributed by FEMA. FEMA

Parts of lower Manhattan now included in flood map distributed by FEMA. FEMA

This entry was posted in 9/11 Community Supports Victims of Terrorism and Disaster, 9/11 Memorials. Bookmark the permalink.
  • One World Observatory

    Learn more about the One World Observatory complimentary ticket program.

  • Categories

  • From the Newsletter

  • Upcoming Events

    1. Veterans needed to carry the Ground Zero Flag in the 2019 Veterans Day Parade

      September 18 @ 8:00 am - November 11 @ 9:00 am
    2. John G. Chipura Golf Outing

      September 19 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
    3. Funeral for retired FDNY Firefighter Roger Espinal, E-320

      September 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    4. Wake for FDNY Battalion Chief John J. Nykiel

      September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    5. Tommy Bowden Memorial Golf Outing

      September 20 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm