LONG BRANCH, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that Lake Takanassee, Deal Lake and Wesley Lake will be included in a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study to address flood risks of vulnerable coastal populations in areas that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.  All coastal lakes in Monmouth County will be included in the study.

“When Superstorm Sandy struck, its enormous storm surges caused flooding of our coastal lakes.  The result was devastating for the surrounding area,” said Congressman Pallone. “A key element of the continued Sandy recovery is ensuring our coast and communities are better prepared when the next storm hits.  The Corps’ study will help accomplish just that, and I am glad to announce that Lake Takanassee, Deal Lake and Wesley Lake will be included.” 

Lake Takanassee, Deal Lake and Wesley Lake are part of the Corps’ New Jersey Back Bays study area, which is included in the post-Sandy North American Comprehensive Coastal Study (NAACS).  The NAACS is designed to help the federal government, states, and local communities better understand changing flood risks associated with climate change and to provide tools to help those communities better prepare for future storms.  Federal funding for this study was provided by the Sandy aid package, which Pallone fought for in Congress.

Through the study, the Army Corps of Engineers will develop a nine-step "Coastal Storm Risk Management Framework," which will help officials identify and reduce risks in their town or state and can be customized for different coastal areas.  The report will also analyze the potential impacts of sea level rise on areas affected by Superstorm Sandy.