I found an interactive map from Rutgers that allows you to see how the rising sea levels will affect certain areas. So I plugged in Highlands and this is what I found..
At 2 FT
At 3 Ft:
Look familiar? What I found interesting was that at 2 ft, that’s our normal flooding pattern in High Tide, at 3ft that’s our flooding pattern for big storms.
So I go back to my original ideas:
Strategically placed Sea Walls.. – Without even seeing this map, this illustrates exactly where I would put those Sea Walls. And to further elaborate, they should be put 15 – 20 ft beyond the current rusty ones and we should back fill there. (No building though) Then for good measure, add:
Beaches & Oysters – instead of back filling the town, back fill beaches and add oyster beds to the water side of the strategically placed Sea Walls.
Increase height of Marina Bulk Head Walls – I’m thinking 4 ft high (from the dry side ground), and you would need steps on both sides.
Fixing the Drainage problem & have regular maintenance of the catch & sewer drain flaps. I think most people downtown between Snug Harbor & Sea Drift have noticed an issue with drainage since the we “updated” the sewers. Not sure what we did then, but it made the situation worse, not better.
House lifting – You can’t have the bungalows just on slabs anymore, you need to be at least 4 ft high.
French Drains on RT 36 – we need something done on the run off. Just having Middletown paving the road to Monmouth Hills won’t work. It’ll just make the water run off that much faster. We need a catch up there too.