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NYC Will Dole Out Inflatable Dams to People at Risk for Floods

A man walks through his flooded apartment in a Queens neighborhood following Hurricane Ida on September 03, 2021 in New York City.

A man walks through his flooded apartment in a Queens neighborhood following Hurricane Ida on September 03, 2021 in New York City.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Homes at high risk for flooding in New York City will receive free inflatable dams in a new plan rolled out Thursday by Mayor Eric Adams. 

The plan aims to prepare city dwellers for extreme rainfall and costs the taxpayers an estimated $2.5 million. It comes more than a month into the 2022 hurricane season, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates could result in 6 to 10 hurricanes.