New flood gates in Atlantic City assist in controlling tidal flooding

New flood gates in a part of Atlantic City have passed their first real test.

David Madden
September 21, 2018 - 8:39 pm
Atlantic City

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- As the remnants of Hurricane Florence battered southern New Jersey last week, new flood gates in a part of Atlantic City were put to the test for the first time. 
    
And they worked.
    
When storms would hit, flooding has been a problem in the city’s Ducktown area because a canal along Baltic Avenue was not working properly. Just one infrastructure issue in need of work. 
    
Now there are a pair of new, 10-foot wide stainless steel gates, two new pumps and 85 feet worth of new canal in place. Mayor Frank Gilliam expressed satisfaction with the improvements.
    
“Water is sometimes not a friend of ours,” he told KYW Newsradio, “especially during the hurricane season. Successfully enough that we created partly a solution to mitigate some of the flooding.”
    
But that’s just a start. 
    
“We’re also working with EPA and DEP with the north end and the south end of town trying to take care of some of the issues that the bay produces from the tidal flood standpoint,” Gilliam added.
    
And ongoing work along the Absecon Inlet seawall is expected to better protect bike and walking paths from the end of the boardwalk to Gardner’s Basin.