RAHWAY — Mayor Samson Steinman, former City Council President and now Mayor of the City of Rahway announced he will join on behalf of the City of Rahway the work of the Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control. The Mayors Council has been working toward flood mitigation solutions since Irene caused significant damage to the communities along the Rahway River.
Steinman said “Our community faced significant damages from both Irene and Sandy and I along with City Council are taking this issue very seriously. Joining the upstream regional group of Mayors is a step to find ways to mitigate what we can from future storms. If we can get storm water stored in Lenape Basin or South Mountain regional detention basin upstream that is less storm water reaching Rahway. Furthermore we have been participating on a US Army Corps evaluation of the Robinson’s Branch area to find storage potential there to reduce river elevations. Working with the Mayors Council should help provide a regional solution to lessen the impact of future storms.”
The Mayors Council has been working since Irene with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the NJ DEP to evaluate alternative projects to mitigate flooding. A benefit cost evaluation was expected to be ready this month so that the alternatives could be narrowed to the best project with the strongest benefits. Along with the Robinson’s Branch project, the selected alternative will be recommended to US Congress and the state legislature for funding.
Steinman concluded, “I look forward to participating with the Mayors group and being engaged on behalf of citizens.”
Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control representatives are: Cranford Mayor Tom Hannen; Millburn Mayor Sandra Haimoff; Springfield Mayor David Amlen; Union Mayor Clifton People; Kenilworth Mayor Kathi Fiamingo; Maplewood Mayor Victor Deluca; Garwood Mayor Pat Quattrocchi; and Winfield Mayor Margaret McManus.
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