A long-awaited anti-flooding project is finally underway in Hoboken since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the city in 2012 with a 7-foot storm surge. Gov. Phil Murphy, Marcia Fudge, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and a slate of local and state leaders hosted a ceremony for the Rebuild By Design Project. The $230 million plan funded by federal Sandy recovery dollars will create new flood walls, water pumps and upgrades to Hoboken’s aging sewer system.
Local officials stressed these will not be invasive sea walls as once feared but will instead be built into the fabric of the city and will include a new waterfront park that will capture rainwater and protect city streets from flooding. Construction on the first phase is scheduled to start in early 2022.