Union Beach storm prevention plan to include 12,000 feet of flood wall
Four years after Hurricane Sandy, the town of Union Beach is still trying to put in place a flood plan to keep the next storm from flooding neighborhoods.
The Army Corps of Engineers wants to put up 12,000 feet of flood wall to protect select homes in the town.
"There are some people that are going to lose parts of their property, which we are not happy about," says Mayor Paul Smith.
Smith says the Army Corps of Engineers won't tread on the wetlands, so the wall is on the way when work begins at the end of 2017.
"Unfortunately, the wall has to come in closer because of environmentally sensitive issues," he says.
The entire flood plan for Union Beach will cost $273 million.
"We need this project, absolutely, so it's going to start the end of next year," Smith says.
A completion date is expected in 2022.