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June 14, 2018
"To show how important a seawall is, in Galveston, Texas in 1900, there was a category-four hurricane that struck the island and there was not a seawall there at that point 8,000 to 12,000 people perished. That was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States in regard to people dying. A category four hurricane struck there in 1915 after they built the seawall and 53 people died. Now while this is also tragic, compared to thousands and thousands of people, obviously it showed the seawall did what is was supposed to do," said Assemblyman Brian Barnwell, who voted to establish a commission to be known as the "New York Seawall Study Commission" which will study the feasibility, costs, impacts, and best locations for construction of a seawall or sea gate being created to protect the city of New York from sea level rise and storm surge along the entire coastline. (A.8686-A)