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Stormproofing New York: A 'new reality' meets an older one

NEW YORK -- On the eve of Superstorm Sandy, Klaus Jacob, a seismologist who teaches at Columbia University, went home feeling sure of two things: The superstorm would inflict as much as $50 billion in economic and physical damage on New York City, some of it triggered by the flooding of its subway system. He also knew his own home, a quaint, suburban house near the Hudson River, would soon be visited by about 2 feet of water.


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