FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Flood Control: A Piece of Mind for Some New Jersey Residents   [open pdf - 38KB]

"On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy swept across the New Jersey coast causing catastrophic surges and extreme damage to homes and businesses. Residents were preparing for the worst and the citizens of the Borough of Roselle feared severe flooding. The major flood control project was under construction and many hoped it would keep much of the flooding at bay. The current stage of construction helped hold back the flooding during Sandy. The year prior, Hurricane Irene brought more than eight and a half inches of rainfall that brought extreme flooding. Some residents had eight to ten feet of water in their homes. Residents in Roselle have had their share of flooding. Even before Hurricane Irene, structures along Morses Creek, which passes through the borough, would be inundated with flooding after every major rain event. After many years, a major storm water channel revitalization project was developed to lessen the problem. Many officials came together to form a committee to oversee the project's success. Roselle Councilwoman Christine Dansereau became a member of the borough's council in order to ensure something was done about the major flooding in her neighborhood."

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