Flood, clean, repeat
The name of the game for 100’s of years
Shampoo bottles have instructions. Wash, rinse, repeat. Certain Hoboken neighborhoods do as well: Flood, clean, repeat.
(Photos: Hoboken Emily)
See that’s the problem. Hoboken, has and always will flood – because of it’s physical layout.
No matter what kind of snake oil they want to peddle (in the form of “rain barrels, bathtubs, pumps” and so on), no kind of flood mitigation beats what MOTHER NATURE provides. That would be in the form of natural wetlands and flood plains (which is what half of Hoboken is supposed to be.)
In fact, “structural efforts” are quite a waste of time (and money), as American Rivers points out:
“The value of natural flood protection is particularly striking when compared to the record of structural efforts.
Despite spending $45.2 billion federal tax dollars $123 billion adjusted for inflation on structural projects nationwide, flood damages continue to rise. Dams, dikes, levees, and flood walls typically cause severe environmental harm that eventually make flooding worse, and often do not provide the promised levels of protection.”
So when your tax bill doesn’t go down (or in fact goes UP), tell the “mayor” to stop wasting your money on fruitless progressive endeavors.
Our issue is simple. The buildings should never have gone there to begin with. Instead, we now have 60,000 residents blissfully led down a path of despair.