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Pallone Announces Over $7.3 Million for Long Branch to Prevent Damage from Future Storms

March 4, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6) announced that the city of Long Branch, NJ will be receiving more than $7 million in federal funding to construct a sheet pile wall in order to prevent damage from future storms.  The Long Branch boardwalk, as well as the bluffs, bulkheads, and adjacent roads, were severely damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The funding is being provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) via the Sandy aid package that Congressman Pallone fought for in Congress.

“This grant will help to ensure that our community is resilient if another major storm hits our shores,” said Congressman Pallone.  “As we continue to rebuild, we have a unique opportunity here in Long Branch, and throughout the state, to improve our infrastructure so it is stronger than before and can withstand future storms.  By making these investments now, we are working to make sure we do not witness the historic destruction we saw in the wake of Superstorm Sandy ever again.  I am grateful that FEMA continues to recognize the importance of these ongoing efforts in New Jersey.”

This allocation provides $7,365,676.50 in federal funding to Long Branch to install a 5,450 lineal feet steel sheet pile wall in order to control erosion and to reduce or eliminate the threat of damage to the boardwalk, bluffs, bulkheads, and roadways in the event of future storms.   The installation of the sheet pile wall will allow the destroyed boardwalk to be elevated above the base flood elevation (BFE).  The sheet pile wall will be installed 40 feet deep and will run along the eastern side of the boardwalk.