Nuisance Flooding Measures Approved in Beach Haven

Sep 12, 2018
File Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Beach Haven hopes to reduce nuisance flooding through a $3 million bond ordinance that was adopted by the borough council at its meeting Monday.

Councilman Donald Kakstis said the project was based on an inventory of the stormwater system and a master plan for its improvement prepared by Owen, Little & Associates two years ago. Kakstis said the project includes removal and replacement of approximately 6,000 feet of storm drain pipe, the installation of inline tide valves (back flow preventers) to restrict bay water from flooding the streets, and three new bayside pump stations at the ends of Seventh Avenue, 10th Avenue and Pearl Street.

“It is believed this project will reduce the flooding of both businesses on Bay Avenue and residential properties west of Bay Avenue,” said Kakstis.

Kakstis said the program mirrors one in Ocean City that was approved in August 2016 and is now being followed up with a second project announced in January 2018. While Beach Haven is still awaiting a schedule for the completion of the borough work, he said it would take place from 15 to 24 months.

“Some of these pipes being replaced are 80 years old,” the councilman said.

Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis said she hopes the borough’s cost will be around $500,000, as the borough will aggressively seeks grants from various sources.

“We’re looking for some funding from the board of freeholders, since the county shares some of the storm drains,” said Davis.

Borough Engineer Frank Little said nuisance flooding refers to streets inundated due to severe rainstorms and thunderstorms.

“After a severe rain event, it could take eight hours for the streets to be free of flood waters,” said Little. “The new pump stations would cut out that time significantly.”

Little said a thunderstorm last month left most of Bay Avenue impassable for several hours.

“These flash flood events happen mostly during the summer,” he said. “And when the streets are flooded and nobody can walk or drive around, the businesses can suffer. We’re confident that these new pump stations will help alleviate this problem.”  —E.E.


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