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Sandy One Year Later: City Hospitals Still Trying To Shore Up Vulnerabilities

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They may be back in working order, but nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy, city-run hospitals are still working to shore up their vulnerabilities.

NY1 was there Thursday as the president of the Health and Hospitals Corporation toured Bellevue Hospital, reviewing the completed repairs.

Electrical equipment at Bellevue and Coney Island has been relocated to higher ground.

There are also short-term flood barriers in place.

However, officials say more improvements need to be made.

"The future mitigation work is a matter of judgment to some extent," said Alan Aviles, president of the Health and Hospitals Corporation. "FEMA has to agree with us that what we need to do, what we believe is necessary in fact is the most cost-effective way to protect the facilitate."

Construction on the long-term flood prevention plans cannot begin until HHC secures funding from FEMA.

It's estimated that the hospital system will need more than $800 million. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP