Highlands mayor wants to raise downtown area to prevent future flooding

Borough officials in Highlands are proposing a radical idea to prevent future flooding like what was seen during Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Frank Nolan says he's

The town was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

The town was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy. (1/25/13)

HIGHLANDS - Borough officials in Highlands are proposing a radical idea to prevent future flooding like what was seen during Hurricane Sandy.

Mayor Frank Nolan says he's exploring options to backfill and raise the entire downtown.

Officials say about 80 percent of the homes in the borough were damaged in Sandy.

Nolan says the borough is unlike other shore towns, in that it floods from the inside out. The mayor says water usually begins to accumulate along Bay Avenue and heads out to the water.

Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are expected to tour the town next week to see if raising the town is feasible.

Gov. Chris Christie says New Jersey is adopting the advisory flood maps released last month by the federal government to help guide rebuilding. The maps establish new standards for rebuilding along the Jersey Shore. 

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