Single Flooding Pump for SE Hoboken

All of a sudden, one pump is enough for Hoboken?

One pump, four pumps, which is it?

Mayor Dawn Zimmer recently said that the one flooding pump on Observer Highway would solve 90% of Hoboken’s flooding problems.

However, back in 2008 – then Councilwoman Zimmer went on record to say that four pumps were necessary to alleviate most of the flooding in Hoboken – and even those four pumps wouldn’t solve the problem entirely (like during the two major storms we had here in August of 2011.)

“Once all four pumps are operational, our flooding problem should be significantly reduced. Infrequent flooding could still occur if an exceptionally severe storm occurs at high tide, but the regular flooding that we experience now should be a thing of the past. While each pump, as it comes on line, will help alleviate the problem somewhat, all four pumps are needed for the system to be fully effective.”

Makes you wonder – that if even four costly pumps can’t prevent flooding during “exceptionally severe” storms, perhaps it’s time to put the thinking caps on and go back to the drawing board instead of wasting everyone’s time with false hope?

Construction starts on toy-pump

4/24/2010 Update:

They started construction on the wacky wet weather pumping station this week along Observer Highway downtown. Despite what city officials say – this single pump isn’t expected to solve the flooding problem in Hoboken. Funny how elected politicians like to forget certain parts of history. Which is why I’m here to remind you not to get your hopes up. Poop tomatoes will always be in season in the Mile Square.

Sewerage Authority says one pump essentially useless

City has no plans for additional installations…

3/29/2010 Update:

With today’s drenching rains potentially hampering the city of Hoboken once again – here’s a recent report from WYNC Radio – which talks about Hoboken’s flooding problems. NHSA Project Manager Philip Reeves said: “one pump is not going to solve the issue, especially in heavy storms.

At the same time, recent Zimmer appointee Jennifer Wenson-Maier doesn’t really speak much about how useless the single pump will be, but rather that the city is broke and can’t afford to do it right. And instead, will try cheaper, less effective methods “We will be implementing green, natural ways to try to improve the situation, and when whenever we do any new construction we make sure that it’s constructed above the flood level.”

Yeah, like a few strips of grass will combat the tsunami of water and garbage. Uh huh. Hey – over here, look! A bridge for sale!

Wet Weather Pump coming in 2010

12/7/2009 Update:

North Hudson Sewerage Authority has stepped up, and has begun the process to finally build a single pump station in the Southeast part of Hoboken.

Questions still remain whether additional pumps are necessary, or if costly wireless technology can do the trick (as Stevens Engineers have already said they won’t).

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“The North Hudson Sewerage Authority awarded a contract of $17,605,500 to build a wet-weather pump station on Observer Highway in Hoboken designed to alleviate serious flooding during a special meeting on Monday evening. The contract has been given to Anselmi & DeCicco, Inc. located in Maplewood.

The project involves the construction of a wet weather pump station to be located in the southeastern section of the city on Observer Highway. The final design for the pump station has been completed by the Authority’s engineer for the project, CH2M Hill. The Authority has already received Treatment Works Approval, Waterfront Development Permit, and HEP Soil Erosion and Sediment Control permits. Authorization to proceed from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is anticipated within a week of the awarding of the bid. Construction will begin in February 2010. The pump station is expected to be operational by November 2010. The entire project, which includes a new river outfall and pre-treatment facility, is scheduled to be competed in by the end of 2011.

Dr. Richard J. Wolff, the Authority Chairman, said: “Street flooding during serious rain events has been a problem in Hoboken for generations. We are finally beginning a process that will go a long way to addressing the most serious incidents. The construction of this wet weather pump station should alleviate most flooding problems, particularly in the southwestern sections of the city. This area is highly flood-prone because the ground elevations are close to, or in some cases below, sea levels of the Hudson River. Although we do not expect that this one pump station will entirely eliminate all flooding incidents throughout the city, it will certainly improve the situation substantially.”

The project’s cost will be borne by the Authority. Five million dollars of the project will come from a federal stimulus grant, secured through the intervention of Senators Bob Menendez and Frank Lautenberg and Congressman Albio Sires. The balance will be financed through the Authority’s participation in the New Jersey State Revolving Loan Fund, which provides long-term, low-interest infrastructure loans to qualified entities. The project has received strong support from local elected officials as well, including State Senator Brian Stack and Assemblypersons Ruben Ramos, Jr., Caridad Rodriguez, Freeholders Anthony Romano, Jose Munoz, Tilo Rivas and Mayor Dawn Zimmer.”

So, who advocated for this pump in the first place? Contrary to what you were told in the last election it wasn’t Dawn Zimmer. Watch this brief 2007 video for the answer:

Roberts seeks out Stimulus bucks to help

2/18/2009:

As you probably already know – the “miracle pumps” to combat Hoboken flooding has been a topic for quite a while.

The total cost for these four pumps for Hoboken would likely cost over $40 million dollars when it’s all said and done – and they barely have money now to cover even one pump – so Mayor Dave Roberts is pledging for some Obama Bucks to help get this project done once and for all… God, for the benefit of the town – hopefully he can succeed.

See the ABC News video here (brief snippit towards the end).

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53 Comments on "Single Flooding Pump for SE Hoboken"

animal_lover
Member
animal_lover

So were the pumps of any value? I think that the humans needed to bei mitigated against not mother nature.

Margaret
Member

Who said
” only after the election our Politicians tell the TRUTH”
BULL$%IT!
LENZ LIES….

Margaret
Member

Pump the caca into the river.?.yuck.. No more fish…Pumps were discussed and the ideas were trashed over two years ago. I still have the research. Only one can work at a time, if two are used they BLOW and the streets get flooded with caca and groundswell that takes months to clean up and spreads bacteria.

Downtown has been and always will be a problem, the people who built there knew it and did it anyway.

SRM
Member

I was at the same meetings as you. Saw your cardboard dioramas too. The wet weather pumps were never trashed. Well by members of the public promoting their own agendas. They seemed to be promoted by all with scientific degrees, read experts. With the land in the western part of Hoboken so near to sea level retaining runoff in combination with the wet weather pumps was the solution appropriate to our town. Ironically, this is the the weirdest of situations; new developments that have holding tanks to retain rainfall to release slowly are an improvement over a vacant lot allowing all the rain to quickly enter our sewer system. Bar raising all flood level lands 10 feet, the wet weather pumps are our best hope.

In response to Margaret who said:
Pump the caca into the river.?.yuck.. No more fish…Pumps were discussed and the ideas were trashed over two years ago. I still have the research. Only one can work at a time, if two are used they BLOW and the streets get flooded with caca and groundswell that takes months to clean up and spreads bacteria.

Downtown has been and always will be a problem, the people who built there knew it and did it anyway.

Chase22
Member
Chase22

what hoboken failed to do is to monitor the State when they did the light rail. The whole western side was elevated and set in stone and run off water is going where? It used to go into the ground. Hoboken was an island and the water table under our streets makes us a boat back here.

Instead of Welcome to Hoboken we should enter another sign…

WELCOME ABOARD!

krewedetat
Member
krewedetat

Jennifer Wenson-Maier (Zimmer appointee) says in the radio piece: “We have a situation we can’t do much about, unfortunately.”

Michael Lenz (Zimmer and council appointee)at this year’s budget workshop: “We were not elected to cut taxes. We were elected to tell the truth.”

But why does the truth only come out AFTER you get elected? Why did you lie to get elected? Should we trust anything you say?

homeworld
Member

I beg to differ about how they can’t do much about the situation. They could have submitted a mitigation plan to FEMA for funding to fix the flooding, but they didn’t.

In response to krewedetat who said:
Jennifer Wenson-Maier (Zimmer appointee) says in the radio piece: “We have a situation we can’t do much about, unfortunately.”

Michael Lenz (Zimmer and council appointee)at this year’s budget workshop: “We were not elected to cut taxes. We were elected to tell the truth.”

But why does the truth only come out AFTER you get elected? Why did you lie to get elected? Should we trust anything you say?

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