Menendez Pushes to Fast-Track Flood Mitigation In Rahway River Basin

NJTV News | September 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan to reduce flooding in the 82-square-mile river basin that was hit hard by Hurricane Irene

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has plans for another round of flood-mitigation work in the 82-square-mile Rahway River Basin in northern New Jersey.

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) toured the area yesterday with Col. David Caldwell, the Corps’ district commander for New York. They visited suburbs like Cranford, where, five years ago, rainfall from Hurricane Irene sent the normally placid river over its banks, flooding downtown streets and homes.

Caldwell said the Corps is not planning “10-foot-high walls,” instead elevating some buildings in flood-prone areas and putting smaller walls around apartment buildings. Menendez has introduced legislation to put the project on a fast track.

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