If the city implements all of these in more than $14 million in projects, officials say the city would be protected by flooding expected with a 100-year storm. Hurricane Sandy is considered a 50-year event.
Baltic Avenue canal
Basics: Replaces nonfunctional, 100-year-old gate and pump systems at the 5,000-feet-long canal’s bay outflows at Atlantis and Rhode Island avenues with remote-control metal gates, pumps and backflow preventers
How it helps: Allows controlled tidal flow, which would facilitate removing accumulated sediment. Alone, the project would protect against a 10-year storm, with all other conditions in the city staying the same.
Cost: $6.4 million
Status: The city has secured all but $1 million, which has been requested from the U.S. Economic Development Agency. Once the city secures that money and the Army Corps of Engineers issues pending permits, the project could get started by the summer and be finished a year or 18 months from then.
Basics: Would replace bulkhead along bayfront between Albany and Atlantis avenues
How it helps: Much of the existing bulkhead is dilapidated or missing completely. And in spots where it’s intact, it’s still two feet lower than the planned structure listed at 11 feet above mean sea level.
Cost: More than $4 million
Status: Assessing existing bulkhead, taking note of what’s owned by the city versus private parties
Basics: Raises Texas, Georgia and Massachusetts avenues
How it helps: In general, higher roads are more resistant to flooding. But other mitigation strategies are more beneficial because road elevations are limited due to adjacent structures and won’t do much to protect against storms such as Sandy, which inundated homes and roads.
Cost: $2 million
Chelsea Heights improvements
Basics: Reconstruction of West End and Albany avenues intersection; installation of bulkhead along Riverside and West End
How it helps: Mitigates flooding of intersection; protects against property damage in an area that’s currently exposed
Cost: $2 million
Status: Intersection reconfiguration third in line on Atlantic County’s priority project list
Sources: Atlantic City Engineer Bill England; Assistant City Engineer John Feairheller