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Four years ago when we traveled here, Orrin noted the particular dynamics of the Hudson River, how if the tides and winds were right it could back up over the wall at Battery Park—which is exactly what happened the night of October 29, just before the lights died. During that earlier trip, Orrin precisely described how the New York subways would fill up—a problem that could be fixed with elevated entrances. More interesting to me was his description of the straight streets crossing the island east to west, how they were good for finding your way in the city but bad for flooding, since they ushered the water in.

"These people don't seem to understand that they are living on an island in a time of rising seas," Orrin said. "That what happened isn't nearly as bad as what will come."

Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat mistakes of the past.

Oh wow. Well played, Geege.

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