Plans move forward to prevent Hoboken flooding catastrophe

Hoboken residents learned about plans to prevent catastrophic flooding in the area.

Hoboken residents learned about plans to prevent catastrophic flooding in the area. (2/18/16)

HOBOKEN - Hundreds of Hoboken residents met Thursday night to discuss plans to prevent major floods from happening in the city.

According to Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, during Superstorm Sandy, a half-billion gallons of water flooded 80 percent of the city. Now, the federal government plans to spend $230 million to stop future floods in Hoboken, Weehawken and parts of northern Jersey City.

The Department of Environmental Protection project manager tells News 12 New Jersey that there are three state plans and they all involved storage basins and storm water collection, which would prevent drains from getting overwhelmed and flooding city streets.

"It'll be a barrier, to protect against a 100-year flood and keep water from flooding the community as it did in Sandy,” says Dennis Reiniknecht.

The plans also include berms and terraces. Residents have said that they don't want big ugly walls. 

Residents now have to choose where they want those resources to go, whether it's along the waterfront or farther inland.

The state DEP hopes to finally select the working plan sometime this summer, and to have the plan approved by the federal government by early 2017. 

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