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How to Prevent More Deaths in NYC's Basement Apartments

As Hurricane Ida proved earlier this month, flooding can be deadly for people living in basement apartments. Rebekah Morris, urban planner and senior program manager at the Pratt Center for Community Development, and Reza Khanbilvardi, licensed professional engineer, professor of Civil Engineering at City College of New York and director of CUNY Remote Sensing Earth Institute, talk about why so many basement apartments flooded during the storm, how to make them safer places to live, what the city’s role is (and what more it needs to do) amid twin crises of housing affordability and worsening storms due to climate change.