Governor Chris Christie came to Union Beach today announce the funding of a resiliency and flood control project that has been on the drawing board since 1995.
The project plans have been updated since Superstorm Sandy and will include:
- The massive flood control project – funded by federal, state and local contributions – will consist of construction of levees, floodwalls, tide gates and pump stations.
- The project will also rebuild beaches, dunes, and groins, which are jetty-like structures that are designed to slow loss of sand from beaches.
- In addition, more than 25 acres of degraded wetlands will be restored to help better absorb flood waters.
The majority of funding for the massive flood control project will come from the federal government at $132 million. New Jersey will fund about $57 million and Union Beach will provide $17 million.
“Union Beach has long been one of the most susceptible areas to coastal flooding in New Jersey, a vulnerability that was made all too real when Sandy slammed the town with its record 14-foot storm surge,” said Governor Christie. “As part of our long-term recovery strategy, this $202 million resiliency project will finally give this close-knit community the protection they need and the sense of security they deserve to withstand future storms.”admin | Filed under: Army Corp of Engineers, Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy, Union Beach | Tags: Chris Christie, Mayor Paul Smith, Monmouth County, Paul Smith, Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Union Beach | 1 Comment »