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NJ - Feds to Urge Barriers, Floodwalls, Elevated Homes to Prevent NJ Back Bay Flooding

Such gradual and insidious flooding caused major damage on the East Coast during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, even though more attention was paid to damage from oceanfront waves pounding on the beachfront

The federal government will recommend flood control measures including storm surge barriers, floodwalls, and elevating homes and other buildings in a report later this year on combating back bay flooding, a major problem in New Jersey that gets comparatively less attention than oceanfront storm surge.

Since Nov. 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been studying ways to reduce or prevent flooding along back bays in New Jersey and elsewhere. Governments in Massachusetts, California, Florida and Maine are among those that also have grappled with the issue.

Such flooding caused major damage on the East Coast during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, even though more attention was paid to damage from oceanfront waves pounding on the beachfront.

By contrast, back bay flooding is gradual and insidious, creeping up on areas fronting on bays or places with tributaries that swell with flood water and inundate homes and businesses.

J. Bailey Smith, an Army Corps coastal expert overseeing the study, said on Monday that the agency will present its recommendations in July. During a webinar hosted by a special panel of the New Jersey state Assembly, Smith said the recommendations will include storm surge barriers, floodwalls, elevations, and other features.

The Army Corps and state government have been building dunes and replenishing beaches for more than 30 years as a way to protect against deadly storms along the oceanfront.

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