The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says after a lengthy study that flood mitigation in a Manville neighborhood called Lost Valley would not be cost effective. The area at the junction of the Millstone and Raritan rivers floods regularly and many of the homes in the area have been demolished or are standing empty.
Raritan and Millstone Rivers Flood Control Commission Chairman Frank Jurewicz says the problem is that the houses in Lost Valley are modest ones and have lost value through being in a flood-prone area. The Corps is required to reject proposed projects when the value of the homes to be saved is not at least equal to the cost of the work.
Mayor Richard Onderko believes officials made a huge mistake 30 or 40 years ago when Manville was not included in the regional Green Brook Flood Control Commission. He calls it the “forgotten town.” Jurewicz remembers residents being rescued by boat and even helicopter after six to eight feet of water hit the area.
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