Due to the heavy rain and windy conditions predicted to reach our area Saturday afternoon, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) will be placing the Port Monmouth facility into "Operational Mode".
The Pews Creek Tide Gate is ready to function as designed and will be placed in "Operational Mode" on Saturday, October 14th at 2:00 PM. The operation will allow the gates to automatically open and close based on the tides while ensuring the interior drainage basin does not exceed elevation +5.0 NAVD88. It also allows for the gates to open during low tide cycles so the water can move in and out of the basin to assist the eco system.
The Road Closure Gate on Old Port Monmouth Road remains open, and no action is planned at this time. DEP will monitor tides and shall coordinate with the municipality and county should weather change and require closure.
The DEP utilizes multiple weather and tide sites to assess the need for tide gates, pump stations, and road closure gates to be placed in operational mode in order to reduce flood risk. All operations are based on storm and tidal predictions and can change as storms approach and pass through the region.