Local leaders to hold public meeting on flooding concerns as region braces for change

New Jersey avoided major flooding with this week’s rain, but as cities like Newark, Jersey City, Bayonne and Hoboken see it, “living with water” is a long-term worry.
Flooding has been a focus at the Jersey Shore for years, but it is becoming an increasingly worrisome issue for inland cities in the Garden State. Cities such as Newark are under pressure to come up with plans to mitigate flooding.
Newark’s industrial section floods often. A few weeks ago, flooding totaled Julio Cesar Farea’s car.
“The problem here is for years I worked very close to here. I lost my car here,” he says.
Other Newark areas with flooding issues include Clay Street and McCarter Highway, South and Van Buren streets, and State Street near Broad Street. There are dozens of other locations.
City officials often send out warnings about flooding.
“South Ward, Ironbound Section, Dayton Street neighborhood, the port industrial area – all of these are the areas that a sea-level rise projection map will show is most deeply impacted,” says Newark chief sustainability officer Nathaly Agosto Filion.
Newark and neighboring towns all have this concern, but officials are still figuring out the best way to tackle the issue, be it physical barriers or even moving people and places.
“There will be instances in where we need to relocate critical assets and essential services away from flood hazard zones,” Filion says.
Filion says that she hopes Newark will be resilient in the face of a changing climate.
Newark residents will have the chance to speak up about flooding concerns Wednesday afternoon as part of a virtual series of meetings. City officials say that they want to hear from residents.
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The virtual meetings will be held in two stages: a phone-only meeting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a video/screen-share meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Registration for the phone-only meeting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 23: Call 201-398-4333 or email ResilientNENJ@dep.nj.gov.
Registration, meeting access and breakout selection for the video/screen share meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 23: https://tinyurl.com/NENJMeet.