MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a study to determine the impact of flooding on seven towns in southern Middlesex County and ways to mitigate it.
The study, funded through a $500,000 grant obtained with the help of U.S. Representative Rush Holt, 12th District, will help develop a mitigation plan for the member towns of the South Central Middlesex County Flood Control Commission.
The county Freeholders established the commission in September 2005, after a July 2005 storm dumped 6 to 8 inches of rain in the area in one hour. More than 700 families were evacuated and more than $4.6 million in damage was reported.
The towns that are part of the commission, all of which lie within a 44-square-mile region along the Manalapan and Matchaponix brooks, are: East Brunswick, Helmetta, Jamesburg, Monroe, Old Bridge, Spotswood and South River.
The study will assess flood hazards within the watershed, develop mitigation goals, identify possible improvements and assess the environmental impact of those possible improvements.
“The Army Corps study will look at every aspect of managing the flood plain so that we may safeguard our residents and their property against damaging storms and flood water,” said Freeholder Carol Barrett, chair of the county’s Engineering and Planning Committee. “I want to personally thank Congressman Rush Holt, without whom this study would not be getting done. His persistence and work on behalf of our residents is to be commended.”
“I echo Freeholder Barrett’s sentiments in thanking Congressman Holt,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “I am glad we are moving forward with this so that we take further steps in protecting our residents and their property.”
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