Bob Bea, the nation's foremost forensic engineer, is the guy to call when levees break or oil rigs explode – to sift through the wreckage, assign blame, and try to prevent the same mistakes again. (He's still working on that part.) To accompany his profile in the February, 2013 issue of 'Men's Journal,' Bea told us about four places in the United States that are most vulnerable should a natural or man-made disaster strike.
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America's Most Vulnerable Places: New York City
Bea has called for floodgates to regulate water levels at key sites along the East River and the Narrows tidal strait, where the Atlantic flows into Manhattan. He also recommends high-grade metal barriers – essentially mini-dams – to contain flooding on city streets and the subway. The cost for the floodgates is estimated at $17 billion, but, says Bea, "the greatest threat to New York is to not mobilize."
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