Hoboken’s mayor discusses Hoboken’s flood protections in press release

first_imgHOBOKEN — Mayor Dawn Zimmer released a statement Tuesday, Jan. 24 reminding residents the importance of the Rebuild by Design federally funded flooding relief project after Mondays nor’easter.The Rebuild by Design project will establish flood barriers in parts of northern and southern Hoboken protecting the city from storm surges during hurricane season. The federally funded project is not set to begin construction until 2019 but its design will be the subject of more public hearings this year.On March. 16 the public will be invited to a public hearing and discussion of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the project which is scheduled to be released on Feb. 24.The city has worked toward becoming more flood resistant to storm surges and heavy rain including acquiring land for flood resiliency parks and installing flood pumps.“For the third time yesterday, our new H-5 flood pump, combined with our existing H-1 pump, kept western Hoboken dry through the kind of major storm that previously would have flooded our neighborhoods,” said Zimmer in a press release. “But as we saw the river splash over the bulkhead along Weehawken Cove and fill the tracks in Hoboken Terminal, yesterday was also a reminder that we face a real flood risk not just from downpours, but from the river itself – and not only during hurricane season. That is why the Rebuild by Design project is so important, and I invite everyone to attend the public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project on March 16. Thank you to the Office of Emergency Management, Police and Fire Departments, Environmental Services, and Construction Office for making sure we were prepared for yesterday’s storm.” ×last_img read more