Hurricane Irene is coming. There was a news clip on NY1 today that New York City has 100,000 storm drains. $200 million dollars has been spent by NYC since 2002 to deal with maintaining the storm drains.
Sometimes the storm drains work well and sometimes they don't. When they don't, there is flooding. The MTA right now is gearing up for the possibility of flooding . Click here to see their preparations.
The type of expenditure needed to maintain storm drains requires the sure steady hand of the federal government.