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Hoboken wants to be urban flood protection model


HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Hoboken is looking to become a national model for flood prevention.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is advocating for better planning and increased funding for flood-prone urban areas.

Zimmer wants to incentivize the use of green roofs and rain barrels in private homes.

A Dutch firm submitted a plan to help minimize flooding in the city. It calls for a ring of parks to defend the city by absorbing water.

The firm was one of 10 selected in a HUD contest to help prevent flooding in coastal areas from New Jersey to Connecticut.

The water would collect in a containment area and then be slowly released.

Hoboken sits on the banks of the Hudson River. It was severely damaged by flooding during Superstorm Sandy last year.