ATLANTIC CITY – The New Jersey Organizing Project will call attention to the need for proper flood mitigation and National Flood Insurance Program reforms at a special gathering 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Lagoon Playground, W. Riverside Drive at Columbia Avenue in the Venice Park section of Atlantic City.
Local residents will be calling attention to the fact that many families are still not back home after Sandy, sunny day flooding has become more frequent, New Jersey is not prepared for future severe storms, and that rising premiums are making flood insurance unaffordable.
According to a release, Atlantic City is one of the most vulnerable American cities dealing with seal level rise. By 2045, 27% of the homes in Atlantic City will be at risk of complete loss due to chronic flooding, organizers said.
FEMA is set to release updated flood maps in early 2020, doubling the amount of properties located within flood zones. Premiums are also expected to double every four years, and there are limited resources for mitigation, such as elevation, and no resources for community-wide mitigation and adaptation.
Local communities are taking action Sept. 16-20, ahead of the United Nations Emergency Climate Summit, to call attention to the impacts of sea level rise and extreme weather.
According to organizers, more than 1,700 strikes are planned in more than 150 countries and companies such as Burton and Patagonia will be shutting down both their physical and online stores on Sept. 20 to encourage their employees and customers to strike.
Residents are invited to attend the gathering to learn more.