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Mayors Council Meets Tonight In Cranford

Millburn's mayor along with other members will share updates about U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project South Mountain Regional Detention Basin.

The Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Cranford Municipal Building, 8 Springfield Ave.

The council will update residents on the progress of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers evaluation of flood mitigation projects including the development of the South Mountain Regional Detention Basin. 

"Most New Jerseyans hearts go out to residents of the shore and the state and federal government have  to be  strong partners in rebuilding," said Dan Aschenbach, former Cranford mayor. 

"We do have to remind the Governor and State Legislature, however, that we are not minced meat and should not be forgotten with regards to  the funding needs to move ahead with flood control," he said.  

Many homes and businesses after Irene in the Rahway River Watershed had significant impacts.  In Cranford alone over 1,600 homes were damaged and in Rahway many homeowners had numerous repetitive losses. 

While the federal and state governments have helped to  get lives back in order in the watershed area , the prediction of 9 inches of rain prior to Superstorm Sandy sent residents into a panic. 

The Mayors of 11 communities have been working to implement projects to reduce water elevations during peak storm conditions through several projects the US Army Corps of Engineers is evaluating, according to Aschenbach.

The South Mountain Regional Detention Basin is a high priority which would be located near Campbell Mill Pond in Essex County’s South Mountain Reservation. It would lower water elevations of the Rahway River during peak storm conditions by almost three feet in Millburn, Union and Springfield, and by about 1.5 feet in Cranford and also benefit the City of Rahway. The project has also been cited as being beneficial to flood storage projects being considered for Lenape Park in Kenilworth.  

A funding request to the Governor and State Legislature was made in late June to conduct the environmental assessments so Essex County, the City of Orange and the state Dept. of Environmental Protection can be assured about any impacts. 

The Mayors Council has invited the Governor and State Legislative leaders to Cranford to get updated on the projects, so movement from evaluation to construction can get done.  

Read more about what the Mayors Council has done to prevent flooding recently:

Local Mayors Take First Major Step Toward Flood Control The Mayors Council signed an inter-local agreement to develop the South Mountain Regional Detention Basin, on Wednesday at Town Hall in Millburn, as the first major step to reduce the Rahway River flooding. 

10 Suggestions Given to Reduce Rahway River Runoff Storm water management experts proposed 10 regional practices to deal with water infiltration for the 24 municipalities affected by the Rahway River watershed, which…

Towns Along Watershed Join Together To Fund Flood Control Project Governing bodies from the communities that are represented on the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control agreed last week to enter into an interlocal…

Mayors Form Task Force To Work With Army Corps Of Engineers The Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control has established a task force to work with the US Army Corps of Engineers on the next project evaluation on its…

Presentation Will Explain Flood Mitigation Proposal The Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control will host a presentation on a proposal to develop a South Mountain Dry Detention Basin in the South Mountain…

Millburn Mayor Asks For Flood Relief Funding Mayor Sandra H. Haimoff and other mayors representing communities in the Rahway River Watershed met with area legislators at Union County College last week to seek…

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