The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Infrastruc­ture key in preventing misery

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Deadly flooding delivered to the Northeast by the torrential rains of what remained of Hurricane Ida has brought a new urgency and a fresh look to how roads, sewers, bridges and other infrastruc­ture must be improved to prevent such a catastroph­e from happening again.

The world is changing and “our whole mindset, the playbook that we use,” must change too, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday as he toured Mullica Hills, N.J., where a 150-mph tornado splintered homes. “We have got to leap forward and get out ahead of this.”

The devastatio­n exposed flaws in preparatio­n plans even after New Jersey and New York spent billions of dollars to prevent a reoccurren­ce of Superstorm Sandy’s destructio­n in 2012, with much spent to protect coastal communitie­s.

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