Hoboken is a city in New Jersey (USA) with a population of approximately 60,000 residents over an area of 5 km2. The area used to be an island with the Hudson River to the east and Tidal wetlands to the west and it is subject to flooding. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy had catastrophic consequences for the city. The team of Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the city have since been working relentlessly to prevent history from repeating itself.

The City of Hoboken has developed a comprehensive strategy for coastal and heavy rainfall flood mitigation. The Rebuild by Design- Hudson River project was selected as a winner of a competition launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with a current budget of over 330 million USD.

The goal of the project will be to address flooding from major storm surges and high tides as well as from heavy rainfall events.

Some of the specific actions are the construction of over 9,000 feet of flood walls, well integrated with the city landscape, as it can be seen in this video.

The city has also recently completed ResilientCity Park and adjacent green areas, capable of storing up to 2 million gallons of stormwater if needed.

For more information, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/floodresilience/rbd-hudsonriver.htm