FloodNet Helps Flood-Prone Neighborhoods Adapt
The FloodNet project, which received seed financial support from NYU Marron, has received $7.2 million from New York City to expand its flood-monitoring sensor network to 500 sensors:
[Roger] Gendron said he’s always looking for ways to improve the [Hamilton Beach, Queens] neighborhood, including preventing flooding—or at least, helping residents plan accordingly. He credits the success of FloodNet technology, which are small, solar-powered devices that hang from stop signs and utility poles while monitoring flood conditions in real-time.
“We’ve been able to use that information when we’re sitting down with our local elected officials and saying, ‘Listen, here’s an issue,’” he said.