As many as 100 high-water mark signs will be installed in prominent locations throughout Monmouth County to commemorate Hurricane Sandy’s flood inundation, officials announced.
According to a county release, the goal is to ensure the public remains diligent about undertaking long-term actions to protect themselves, properties, and communities.
The program kicked off yesterday with the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Sheriff Shaun Golden placing a high water mark sign at the Belford Ferry Terminal.
“Fourteen Monmouth County towns have joined the High Water Mark Initiative. These towns have made a commitment to improving their resiliency to future storms and in the process reduced flood insurance premiums for their residents,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso, liaison to the county’s Office of Emergency Management.
In addition to Naval Weapons Station Earle and the National Park Service’s Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, the participating municipalities include Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Avon, Belmar, Hazlet, Keansburg, Manasquan, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Neptune, Ocean Township, Oceanport, Rumson, and Sea Bright.
The High Water Mark Initiative is in partnership with Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, National Park Service, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve at Rutgers University, Navy Weapons Station Earle, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Verizon.
“Keeping the public aware of the risks associated with storms is a priority of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, Office of Emergency Management,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “These signs will be strategically placed in participating towns and provide residents, visitors and businesses with a constant reminder of the flood risks that can occur with living near the coast. It further reminds them that they need to take the appropriate actions to prepare their families and mitigate their properties in advance of the impact from storms which produce flooding.”