Atlantic City flood gate construction expected to alleviate floo -

Atlantic City flood gate construction expected to alleviate flooding problems

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Almost one full year after Hurricane Sandy plans are underway in Atlantic City to help alleviate street flooding. The city was awarded grant money to help rebuild the flood gates.

When it rains, it pours and when it pours in Atlantic City, resident Lennon Badger says chances are it's going to flood. "The whole parking lot floods, they have to tell people to come out and move their cars."

During Hurricane Sandy Atlantic City resident Jacob Searles says he learned a whole new meaning to the word flood. "It flooded really bad back here. By the back part of my building there was five feet of water. On the main street three was feet of water."

It's because of Sandy and other recent storms like Hurricane Irene that city officials wanted to come up with a way to secure the island. Atlantic City was awarded grant money to rebuild the flood gates, which have not worked since the 1920's.

3.5 million dollars will come from FEMA and 1.2 million dollars will come from the United States Economic Development Administration.

"You'll see less street flooding all along Fairmount Avenue, Baltic Avenue, Connecticut Avenue, and all the way down to Revel Boulevard." Tom Foley, the Director for the Office of Emergency Management says a tunnel system will be installed to displace floodwater from one end of the city to the other.

"When the high tide reaches the back bays it will pump it over to Melrose Avenue to pump into this particular area of the city. Then a reversal happens when the tide comes over to this side,” said Foley.

In Atlantic City alone Sandy caused twenty-seven million dollars in building damages. Officials say if these gates had been in place one year ago those damages could have been avoided.

Once built the gates should relieve about 85 % of the street flooding in the city.

The entire project is expected to cost almost seven million dollars. Construction is to begin in the spring once the bidding process is complete.

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