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Port Monmouth Will Recieve Million In Flood Control Funding

Bayshore Waterfront Park, located in Port Monmouth (monmouthcountyparks.com)

Port Monmouth will be getting a major flood control project funded by the Army Corps of Engineers with money from the Sandy relief package.

The $91 million project include construction of nearly 7,070 feet of levees, 3,585 feet of flood walls, and 2,640 feet of dune and beach re nourishment.

Congressman Frank Pallone announced the project to Port Monmouth residents last week through a “telephone town hall”. He noted the Army Corps of Engineers plan to address issues in the flood prone low lying residential and commercial areas in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown Township.

“Many in Port Monmouth faced serious flooding during Sandy,” said Pallone in a statement.  “All along the Bayshore, flooding has become an increasingly common phenomenon as severe storms have become more frequent and residential and commercial development has increased.  That’s why I’m pleased to announce that, due to funds included in the Sandy aid package and based on my conversations with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Corps has the funds necessary to complete the entire Port Monmouth flood control project.”

The first phase of the project, slated to being in late 2013 or early 2014, includes dune restoration, beach replenishment, the construction of a terminal groin and extension of the fishing pier, involving roughly 400,000 cubic yards of sand.  The larger flood control aspect of the project, which includes levees, floodwalls, a pumping station and a tide gate, will begin construction in early 2015.

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