Hoboken is a wonderful place to live for so many reasons — but it’s no secret that one challenge to living here is how easily the area floods during severe weather. Flooding can be devastating for a community, from fearing for one’s safety to costly + severe damage left behind on city infrastructure and personal property. With more extreme weather and rising water levels expected in the coming years, Mayor Bhalla and the City of Hoboken recently released an announcement stating that Hoboken will be installing flood barricades in low, flood-prone areas this fall. These barricades will have sensors that monitor flood levels, which City officials will watch in order to raise the barricades up when flood levels are high. This initiative is an effort to hopefully increase safety for residents and decrease flood damage. Read on for what we know about these new flood barricades, expected to come to Hoboken this fall.
^Hurricane Sandy flooding in Hoboken
Flood Barricades to Be Installed This Fall
On July 6th, Mayor Bhalla sent a Nixle update on resiliency initiatives and updates — one of which included the announcement of new flood barricades.
“As residents may know, the City of Hoboken has undertaken a number of resiliency initiatives over the past several years to help mitigate flooding and reduce the damaging effects of severe weather events that continue to increase in intensity due to climate change,” the update reads. “We continue to prioritize these resiliency initiatives, which are especially critical as a coastal community right next door to the Hudson River.”
The update mentions that, while there can be changes made to help protect from serious damage, the City recognizes that completely preventing flooding is impossible. As such, Hoboken’s installation of automated flood barricades are an effort to keep locals safe while also keep vehicles from traveling on dangerous flooded streets. City officials will be able to watch and monitor water levels through sensors in the barricades, thus enabling the City to raise the barricades when water levels are rising.
“The barricades will be installed at five low-lying and flood-prone intersections in western Hoboken,” City Spokeswoman Marilyn Baer told Hoboken Girl. “Water levels will be monitored via sensors in the catch basins at flood-prone intersections through a cloud-based system called Contrail by OneRain. This system will allow us to see water levels in real-time and will close the gates when water is on the roadway.”
Additionally, both the automated barricades and warning signage will be solar-powered.
“The City is looking forward to the installation of the new system this fall which will block vehicular travel through floodwaters, limiting wave impacts to properties and ensuring clear intersections,” Marilyn said.
Other Resiliency Initiatives + Updates
In addition to the flood barricades, Mayor Bhalla also announced other resiliency initiates and updates via a Nixle update on July 6th. This included a Resilient Buildings Design Guidelines Addendum, which is a one-stop resource for locals to help prepare their properties for storms and floods. The City is also pushing forward with attempting to expand Southwest Resiliency Park, and Northwest Resiliency Park’s construction is still underway and is expected to be completed by spring of next year. Once completed, it will become NJ’s largest resiliency park — able to hold up to two million gallons of water during severe weather events.
The City is also aiming to expand its green infrastructure through the Rebuild by Design project.
Other Hoboken sustainability and resiliency initiatives can be found here.