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IRMA: MAYORS COUNCIL URGES US ARMY CORPS RAHWAY RIVER FLOOD MITIGATION PLAN A PRI

Citizens for Rahway River Flood Mitigation Now

Sep 3, 2017 — WATCHING IRMA: MAYORS COUNCIL URGES US ARMY CORPS MAKE RAHWAY RIVER FLOOD MITIGATION PLAN PRIORITY


The Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control urged today watching IRMA that the US Army Corps of Engineers and New Jersey State DEP make the Rahway River Flood Mitigation Plan a priority.
The next step in the US Army Corps of Engineers process is approval of the Chief’s Report. The federal WRDA act requires the US Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the process and as soon as the Chiefs Report is approved engineering and pre-construction work can get started. The six year process has gone too long for most residents and the federal government has to take steps to implement what is optimal.

Alternative 4a was selected as having the strongest cost-benefit ratio and includes modification to the Orange Reservoir, adding two 36 inch outfall pipes permitting the reservoir to be drained two days before a major storm to reduce significantly the water elevation downstream during the major storm event. There will be downstream channel improvements through Cranford with one and one-half mile of channel deepening with most of the channel work done in the river not on land. Also there is expected to be lifting or acquisition of numerous properties in the City of Rahway. The plan had the strongest benefit cost ratio as part of the federal process meaning the project benefits (less flood damages) exceeded project costs.

Mayors expressed appreciation to Senator Cory Booker, Senator Robert Menendez, Congressman Leonard Lance and Congressman Donald Payne for their advocacy of getting the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) authorization that the Rahway River flood mitigation project is a federal priority.

Cranford Mayor Thomas Hannen said "Over $100 million of damages were faced by residents along the Rahway River during Irene. The Mayors have kept their eye on the ball to ensure progress and we appreciate our federal and state representatives who have been behind us all the way.”

The Mayors Council is urging citizens in the affected communities to remind federal officials the circumstances that flooding brings and that a regional consensus was reached after a thorough evaluation of ten alternatives.

The Mayors Council includes 2017 Mayors of the affected communities: Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca; Mayor Thomas Hannen; Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas; Rahway Mayor Sam Steinman; Kenilworth Mayor Anthony Deluca; Springfield Mayor Diane Stampoulos; Millburn Mayor Cheryl Burstein.


Contact: Dan Aschenbach
Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control
908-468-8806
daschenbach@verizon.net


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