Hurricane evacuation plan not set in NJ
Legislators at the State House are very concerned that summer is approaching, and hurricane evacuation routes along the Jersey Shore have yet to be updated.Â They’ve been trying to get a Task Force in place to tackle the problem, but it seems that the state budget has the Legislature tied up.
It makes one wonder where the priorities lay.Â Why bother with a budget in a state that is bleeding cash, and has the highest property taxes around, when the hurricane problem isn’t settled?Â What’s that?Â You didn’t know there was a hurricane problem in New Jersey?Â Well according to some in Trenton, apparently there is.Â Why else would we need a Task Force?
If you’re not familiar with the area, the Jersey coast is comprised of barrier islands, long slivers of sand the rise just above high tide.Â As is typical with this configuration, most of these spits of land have one, maybe two, ways in and out, via either a causeway or a bridge.Â Atlantic City has three corriders that folks use to get there, which makes sense, because it’s the most crowded.Â How do you evacuate millions of people on a busy summer weekend?Â More bridges?Â More causeways?Â A few thousand helicopters?Â It will be interesting to see what this Task Force comes up with.Â We’re guessing tax funded highway dollars.Â In other words, Political Pork.
Back to the hurricanes though…Â It took a bit of research, all of about 30 seconds worth, to see why this problem needs to be studied.Â On a fairly regular basis, hurricanes do pass by [got that? pass by] as they make their way up the coast.Â Some do cross the state as tropical storms or depressions, after blowing themselves out to our south.Â The last hurricane to actually make landfall here?Â September 16th, 1903.
Other years that hurricanes actually came on shore?
1804 – 1806 – and 1821.
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List: New Jersey Hurricanes
Cartoon from Sid in the City