BREAKING: Hoboken mayor to propose new hurricane solutions -- including storm walls at northern and southern Hoboken and floodgates -- in speech
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NOT EVEN SANDY – Hurricane Irene in Hoboken, 2011.
NOT EVEN SANDY – Hurricane Irene in Hoboken, 2011.
HOBOKEN -- The Great Walls of Hoboken? Perhaps.

According to an article published Tuesday night on the New York Times website, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer will propose some unique ways to protect the city from future storms in her State of the City address on Wednesday evening.

The story says: "Under Ms. Zimmer’s proposal, federal disaster agencies would not give money to homeowners to have their houses lifted. Instead, the money would go to the city to pay for what she calls a universal solution: building permanent walls to the north and south of the city, where the hurricane sent surges ... The city is also proposing a removable wall installed along the Hudson waterfront and floodgates in the city."

Zimmer also makes reference, in the article, to a plan to remove the city from the electronic grid during storms, and to instead connect to its own mini-grid, using alternative energy sources.

She said the mile-square city could serve as a model for other small urban areas, and noted that despite warnings, many people don't evacuate.

"Today, it's Hoboken, tomorrow, Boston," she said.

For wicked good coverage of the mayor's State of the City address on Wednesday night, as well as the best coverage of other Hudson County, New Jersey news, keep watching and read the Hoboken Reporter in print this weekend.

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February 14, 2013
In light of the fact that ss sandy may not be the last of her kind,then, if seawalls must be built they ought to have incorporated within their design structure the capability to be expanded upon to encompass any additional areas which may need protection and to this end they must be capable of being erected quickly and cost effectively.All the materials and labor needed to construct such lies within the borders of the state of New Jersey if there were some modifications made to existing laws forbidding the growing of industrial hemp, namely making it legal for NJ farmers to do so , then not only would New Jersey be protected I'm sure also revenue would be generated in future from other areas of the country seeking to adopt NJ's methods and expertise. Now hereto the plan : Hemp can be made into textiles, for our purposes a heavy grade canvas type material which would be manufactured into 'Bolts' some 18 or 20 feet wide and 2 to 3 hundred feet long . That is a " HUGE" bolt of fabric , Considering the thickness of the canvas (maybe 3/16 of an inch or so ) and the width and the length when you roll that up its a very big object but not so big as to be untransportable by your average 18 wheel flatbed or similar type truck . Then , basically, each bolt is laid out at the site of the seawall (one at time ) and a prescribed amount of sand is placed atop and in the center of the rubberized canvas . When this is done a length of fairly large diameter steel pipe with " Tee" sections right and left and at regular intervals and having lesser lengths of threaded pipe emerging from each tee will be " sewn" into the top of what has now become a " continuous sandbag" via grommeting along the length of the bag and multi strand steel wire coiled around the pipe and through the grommets. Another empty bolt is then laid out atop the completed one and the process repeats itself until we have a continuous sandbag 2 or three hundred feet long 8 or 9 feet in thickness and maybe as high as 25 feet or so ? The reason for the pipe and threaded Tee sections is to acommodate and affix to the construct pieces of prefabricated cement board such as is used in the construction of bathrooms , surfaces to receive tile etc as holes matching the diameter of the Tee'd sections and at their intervals will be drilled into the cement boards to allow the boards to be " hung " off the protrusions and when sufficient boards are in place (both sides of wall) threaded fasteners and or capped nuts and or steel and cement board washers will be threaded onto each Tee from the bottom up thereby applying an even torque to the entire structure and " squeezing" everything into its place ? Just as it is it'd stop sandy and her sisters but when finances permit the outer cement board surface can be set with stone from the quarries in Dover township or virtually any other material desired to " beautify " it in effect ?