Up Close: How local officials are protecting residents from dangerous flooding

ByBill Ritter and Eyewitness News WABC logo
Sunday, July 16, 2023
Up Close: Local officials assess flood damage ahead of more storms
On this week of Up Close, we discuss the "once in a thousand years" event, as Governor Kathy Hochul called it. We seem to be getting this dangerous type of flooding far too often.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- One week after the massive, deadly flooding in New York, officials are still assessing damage from the surging waters in Rockland and Orange counties.

On this week of Up Close, we discuss the "once in a thousand years" event, as Governor Kathy Hochul called it. We seem to be getting this dangerous type of flooding far too often.

Is this the result of global warming and climate change? We talk to our Chief Meteorologist Lee Goldberg, along with a climate expert from Columbia University.

But first, the surge in lithium ion batteries and the deaths and injuries they are causing in New York City.

FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh discusses how she's leading the charge.

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