Atlantic City Selected For $5.4M In FEMA Grants For Flood Protection

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has selected three Atlantic City projects for Flood Mitigation Assistance funding, according to the city.

As part of the Mayor Marty Small, Sr. administration’s plan to address storm protection and drainage issues throughout the city, the funding includes:

  • A $5,121,028 grant towards the construction of the Atlantic Avenue Pump Station Project.
  • A $178,762 grant for design and engineering of flood protection improvements in Bungalow Park.
  • A $178,762 grant for design and engineering of flood protection improvements in Chelsea Heights.

“This is part of our effort to make the City of Atlantic City one of the most resilient cities on the east coast,” Small said in a press release from the city. 

State and local governments submitted record-breaking requests for funding totaling a combined estimate of $4.7 billion for FEMA grant programs. Rutala Associates, the City’s grant consultant, prepared the FEMA applications as well as the submittals for other federal and state funding.

The Small Administration is implementing a $100 million resiliency plan to reduce nuisance flooding and provide for storm protection. 

Projects nearing completion include the bulkhead construction on South Boulevard in Chelsea Heights and the replacement of check valves along the back bay. The $6.5 million Lower Chelsea bulkhead project to replace all public bulkheads is now underway. This project includes the replacement of various sections of city-owned bulkhead along Sunset Avenue, Winchester Avenue, and various street ends, between Jackson Avenue and North Albany Avenue in the Lower Chelsea Neighborhood, with the exception of the Tallahassee Avenue street end, which has recently been completed. Other projects that will be under construction soon include Gardner’s Basin dredging and bulkhead repair, Chelsea and Ducktown public bulkhead replacement from Albany Avenue to the Atlantic City Expressway, and dry floodproofing at City Hall.

These are all state and federal fully funded projects. No city funds will be used.

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