Hoboken residents learn more about flood-prevention project

Hoboken and New Jersey officials unveil plans to fix flooding problems in the city.

Hoboken and New Jersey officials unveil plans to fix flooding problems in the city. (9/24/15)

HOBOKEN - Hoboken residents attended a meeting Thursday night to learn more about a multimillion-dollar project that could fix the flooding problems in their surrounding area.

City residents say that they know all too well how badly Hoboken floods. During Superstorm Sandy, residents were under several feet of water. Hoboken has many low-lying areas that act like a sink.

Now, with the money awarded to the city, officials say that a solution for the frequent flooding is at hand and residents were eager to find out more.

"During [Hurricane] Irene I had a pump going 11 hours, 40 gallons a minute which works out to a huge amount of water," says resident Marc Luis Villamar. "That kind of water, you can't prevent completely, but you can mitigate some of the damage that was done."

The project is expected to place hard and soft barriers around the city and will build greenspace to direct and collect floodwater.

"[The project] is quite enormous and it's going to cover three cities," says Kerry Kirkpflugh, the manager of the NJ DEP Constituent Services.

The DEP took public comments Thursday, but will continue to take comments until Oct. 9, through emails and other forms of communication.

If the project goes to full completion, the total transformation of Hoboken could be done by 2022.

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