New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced this week that the city will relocate the emergency shelter site for migrants after its Bronx location was flooded over the weekend.
Although the location on Orchard Beach was meant for more than 1,000 people, the new location on Randall's Island will start with 500, and a spokesperson for Adams said that the site "has the ability to scale if needed," according to the New York Daily News.
"Following this weekend's storms, New York City Emergency Management determined that, while we would be able to put in place the necessary ponding mitigation measures, relocating the Orchard Beach humanitarian relief center to Randall's Island is the most efficient and effective path forward, and work is underway to make this move," Adams said in a statement, according to news channel NY1. "This new location is less prone to flooding, is closer to public transportation, and will provide temporary respite to 500 asylum seekers."
"Safety for those seeking asylum remains our top priority," he added.
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