Plan to Flood-Proof Hoboken Runs Into a Wall
A model from Hurricane Sandy in 2012 shows how strategically placed sea walls might protect Hoboken, N.J. from storm surges. But, residents oppose the $230M plan.
NEW YORK TIMES
By Patrick McGeehan
HOBOKEN, N.J. — Every time a powerful nor’easter or tropical storm threatens New York, residents of this small city on the New Jersey bank of the Hudson River start having flashbacks to the devastating inundation they endured when Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012.
Hundreds of millions of gallons of water poured in from the river and left most of Hoboken underwater and many of its residents without power for a week. Almost immediately, city leaders decided that Hoboken had to be fortified against future floods.
A solution seemed imminent in 2014. At a celebratory announcement, Gov. Chris Christie joined federal officials to herald the city’s winning a $230 million grant to finance a plan by Dutch architects to hold back the Hudson.
But more than three years after the hurricane, Hoboken is just as vulnerable to a deluge and the plan to defend it is mired in controversy. Furious residents have sounded off to city and state officials, opposing any remedy that might diminish the city’s character or its biggest selling point: the dazzling views of Manhattan.