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.

Hoboken flooding before and after - 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.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 4:57 pm

Showme, don’t hold your breath on waiting for the Zimmer admin to come through. The longer they are in office the more groundwork they lay in their mismanagement and cronyism. They are like an invasive weed that is destroying the infrastructure and ecosystem of our community.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 7:47 am

The Zimmer administration has been totally ineffective on any of the infrastructure projects they have put in. The pump station on observer, for instance…does it work? I think Hoboken spent $5 million on it and we have no idea if it works or not. Why don’t we have any information on the “Rebuild by Design” project status?

Monday, June 1, 2015 11:54 pm

I am amazed at the hypocrisy of the Zimmer zombies who, in the past, blasted prior administrations for what they called “out of control development”. Zimmer and her controlled Zoning and Planning Boards have approved more high rise projects than the past four administrations and the building continues. Zimmer and her cronies have handed out variances to a select few developers who are absolutely destroying this town. Sure, they call themselves “green” developers, but the only green involved is the green stuff going into the pockets of the chosen few developers and the lying, cheating realtors who mislead future occupants and fail to tell them about the flooding issues. When are the people in this town going to demand that the Mayor either keep her campaign promise to end out of control development or get out of office?

Monday, June 1, 2015 11:45 pm

No one wants to admit it is a problem that has little chance to solve. Let’s just spend more money on promises.

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