Flood mitigation projects, improvements help Hoboken prevent city from flooding

The overnight rain Wednesday meant another night of potential flooding for Hoboken, but at this point, there are reports of flooding, thanks to improvements made by the city.

News 12 Staff

Sep 30, 2020, 12:26 PM

Updated 1,363 days ago

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The overnight rain Wednesday meant another night of potential flooding for Hoboken, but at this point, there are reports of flooding, thanks to improvements made by the city.
The city has been building resiliency parks, with green infrastructure, including one at Northwest Park, with a tank underground that can hold up to one billion gallons of rainwater. It’s just part of the city's continued investment in projects to mitigate flooding problems, and it seems to be working.   
Updated statistics from the North Hudson Sewage Authority shows the wet weather pumps, installed a few years ago, are getting the job done. According to the NHSA, the two pumps have prevented street flooding during 88% of the city's flooding events, since the first one was installed in 2011.
“We're doing everything we can to combat the impact of climate change and all these measures, green infrastructure underground water retention tanks, rain gardens are all part of a holistic process to make our communities strong,” says Mayor Ravi Bhalla. There are also new rain gardens, with detention tanks, such as the one on the corner of Garden and 4th streets, that can store a total of 7,000 gallons of water.
The extensions help with pedestrian safety by creating a further gap between the crosswalk and parked cars to increase drivers visibility at intersections.


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