Mayors Council On Rahway River Flood Control To Meet Next Week

RAHWAY — Rahway Mayor Rick Proctor announced this week that the next meeting of the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control will be held at the Rahway Library on Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Proctor said “We are leading the effort to find a regional approach to flood control given the damages communities experienced from Hurricane Irene. The City of Rahway faced significant damages and we were close to potentially facing a devastating breach that could have hit our downtown.”

Mayors from Cranford, Garwood, Winfield Park, Millburn, Springfield, Union, West Orange, Kenilworth and Rahway will participate on the council. Other communities are also expected to be involved as projects get defined.

The agenda will include: development of additional opportunities for acquisition of properties that have experienced repetitive loss from flooding; discussion of a review of the bridges along Rahway River that may affect flood control; a status of the US Army Corp of Engineers alternatives for regional flood control; a model stormwater ordinance; and a legislative strategy.

The mayors’ group has recently requested in excess of $20 million to implement flood storage and other infrastructure projects.

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