Atlantic City has been awarded a $1.13 million grant to build Atlantis Avenue Flood Gates, which are part of the Baltic Avenue Canal.

The grant comes from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and is believed to be the first EDA grant for Atlantic City.

The flood gates, combined with the Baltic Avenue Canal, will provide flood protection and stormwater drainage for a large portion of the city.

Atlantic City, with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, has developed a storm mitigation plan that would provide $313 million in infrastructure improvements. Announcements for additional funding are expected in the next few months.

The Atlantis Avenue Flood Gate Project will provide in-ground pump chambers and tide gates to the Baltic Avenue Drainage Canal to move excess stormwater at times of severe tidal or storms.

The control gates will prevent tidal water from entering the existing drainage canal. Stormwater from rainfall will discharge through this structure at the end of the drainage canal at Atlantis Avenue into Beach Thorofare.

Sarah Watson