Could Hoboken become a national model for storm resiliency?

MARY ALICE WILLIAMS / NJTV NEWS – All of New Jersey was slammed by Superstorm Sandy, but Hoboken took it on the chin. Two-thirds of the city lies in FEMA’s flood zone and most of the city’s water infrastructure dates back a century or more. The storm surge from the sea, combined with torrential rains from the sky, flooded the combined sewer system that overflowed into the harbor. It’s Hoboken that could be a national model of re-engineering in the face of climate change with a combination of hard and soft protections.

Jennifer Gonzales is city’s director of environmental services. The city has attached 10,000 gallon cisterns to collect rainwater. Water runs through pipes and goes into rain gardens that absorb the water before it can enter the sewer lines. Even the central plaza’s concrete pavers and gravel absorb water …

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