We know the northern end of the state fared worse during Superstorm Sandy than the southern end – but the U.S. Geological Survey and FEMA have a new report out that looks specifically at how storm tides caused flooding during Sandy. It’s complicated and wonkish but the bottom line seems to be that South Jersey’s future flood risks may be underestimated right now, since Sandy down here did not cause storm surges that would have been classified as having a one-in-100 years chance of happening. That one-in-100 chance is the federal flood insurance program’s latest “base flood”. NJ Spotlight has the details on the report.
It’s been over a week but polling results are still trickling in. NJ.com has a great map looking at which New Jersey towns flipped from Obama to Trump – check out Northfield, Absecon and Somers Point around here. Plus, NJ Spotlight has a neat piece looking at how turnout may actually have been higher in New Jersey this year – although the 2012 voter turnout was of course affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Governor Chris Christie came to Atlantic City yesterday and didn’t talk about the state’s takeover. He also didn’t give away much of anything about his plans, although he committed to serving out his term.
The rest of what we’re reading today includes news on more funding for rehab beds, a look at whether New Jersey’s addiction prevention programs could actually be a national model and some Friday fun: What kind of New Jersey accent do you have? Links below.
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Can NJ’s Programs to Prevent and Treat Addiction Serve as National Model?–New evidence-based prevention and treatment programs — like some now in use in New Jersey — have shown real promise, but much more must be done to address what is now a national public health crisis stemming from epidemic rates of drug and alcohol abuse, according to a landmark report issued Thursday by the U.S. Surgeon General. Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the “nation’s doctor,” found that nearly 21 million Americans suffer from substance-use disorders, more than all those with cancer combined. Despite a growing awareness of addiction, greater options for treatment, and better insurance coverage, only one in 10 of these individuals can connect with the care they need. www.njspotlight.com
Now’s The Time To Help NJ Food Banks Prepare For Thanksgiving–The push is on to keep pace with the need for turkeys and thanksgiving food again this year. New Jersey 101.5 – Proud to be New Jersey – New Jersey News Radio
What Kind of New Jersey Accent Do You Have? Take The Quiz–Do you speak North Jersey, South Jersey, Central Jersey or none of the above? NJ.com
What’s The Difference Between A Sub, Hoagie, Hero And Grinder?–We're talking about this again? Ok. NJ.com
Firm Agrees To Pay $5.6M To Clean Up South Jersey Superfund Site–Shieldalloy Metallurgical Corp. has agreed to pay $5.6 million to cleanup its heavily contaminated 67.5-acre property straddling Newfield and Vineland, the Environmental Protection Agency said. Under the agreement, the company will perform a cleanup of the contaminated soil, sediment and surface water, and undertake a "modified cleanup measure" for the groundwater at the Superfund site, the EPA said. Philly.com
Recovery Centers of America Receives $100 Million Investment–A local company that has already contributed more than $200 million to an organization helping those battling addictions, has made another larger gift. With the announcement of an additional $100, Deerfield Management Company has now contributed a total of $331.5 million to help Recovery Centers of America, or RCA, increase capacity at eight of its future facilities planned to open next year in the Mid-Atlantic area. www.snjtoday.com