NYU Langone Medical Center will receive a $1.13-billion federal aid package to repair extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy and prevent future flooding at the riverfront hospital, The New York Times writes.
The package represents the second-largest Federal Emergency Management Agency award for a single project, after the $1.17-billion allocated for New Orleans schools following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In a departure from past FEMA practice, the NYU Langone funds will be delivered in a lump sum rather than piecemeal as repairs are made and receipts submitted.
When Sandy hit in October 2012, a 16-foot crest of the East River filled the nonprofit medical center's basement, knocked out power, and forced an evacuation of staff and patients. The federal money will be used to restore damaged buildings and install new barriers, pumps, and other anti-flood measures.