Flood zones in NJ are expanding, worsening. Experts explain why. (northjersey.com)

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When the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida hit New Jersey with such intensity this summer, claiming the lives of 30 people and causing extensive damage, the degree of flooding took many by surprise.

But floods have plagued many North Jersey communities for decades, and experts say that, due to more intense storms caused by climate change — combined with continued development, aging stormwater infrastructure and the forbiddingly high cost of flood mitigation projects —  the problem will only get worse. 

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