The day that Hurricane Sandy struck the New Jersey coastline will be a day that citizens of this state will never forget. It ripped through New Jersey like nothing anyone had ever seen here before. The worst part about it though, is that it wasn’t even a hurricane when it crept ashore in Atlantic City and Brigantine. It is what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would call a “post tropical cyclone” with “hurricane force winds,” according to this article by Andrew Freedman. The fact that this storm, which caused some of the worst devastation that New Jersey has ever seen, was not even a full fledged hurricane brings up many concerns. What would happen if a hurricane actually hit? If we aren’t prepared for a “post tropical cyclone,” then what type of havoc would a real hurricane cause?

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The Absecon Island Project is here to ensure that this will not happen again. The project is explained in a news story by Don E. Woods. He explains “The Absecon Island project is intended to reduce damage to 8.1 miles of beachfront from Brigantine Inlet to Great Egg Inlet. More than 3.8 million cubic yards of sand is anticipated to be used in the creation of dunes and berms.” The massive project is projected to cost about $27.5 million, which will be used from the federal money that congress has allotted for rebuilding and preventing storms like Sandy.

Two entities have already declared that they are going to be bidding for the job, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the State Department of Environmental Protection. It is no coincidence that these are two of the top groups for jobs of this nature. Protection from a storm of this nature is massively important, as New Jersey never even saw the ruin that would follow the storm.


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Citizens of New Jersey have united under the call of “Stronger Than the Storm,” which brings us together to help us feel that we can get past what happened. Rebuilding our infrastructure and assisting the thousands that were left homeless were vital parts of being stronger than the storm, but what steps are being taken to ensure that our coastal cities won’t be destroyed the next time a storm of this power comes around? It is absolutely vital that we continue finding the best plans of protection for each area of the state and implement them as soon as possible.