Port Monmouth Flood Control Project aims to protect bayshore areas from future storms
PORT MONMOUTH - Flood relief is on the way for some residents and business owners along the bayshore as work on the Port Monmouth Flood Control Project is set to begin.
Officials gathered at Bayshore Waterfront Park, which was ravaged by Sandy, to announce the project's kickoff.
George VanBuskirk's Port Monmouth neighborhood was under water during Superstorm Sandy. With better flood control on the horizon, he says it is worth starting over.
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"We're thankful that through these funds we have a future right here in Port Monmouth, where not too long ago we weren't sure if we did," he says.
Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray says she's happy to see progress on a project that the community has been waiting almost 20 years for.
The improvements will include dune restoration and beach replenishment. Also included in the project will be the use of 400,000 cubic yards of sand.
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th District) says that the nearly $18 million federally funded project will reduce risks from coastal storms. He says the new levees will help "prevent the water from coming into the area, essentially a flood control."
More than 750 homes in Port Monmouth were damaged during Superstorm Sandy.