Christie Orders Reservoirs Lowered

In advance of Sandy, Governor orders reservoirs lowered and flood gates opened.

Hearing the pleas of local officials and their constituents devastated by the flooding that followed Hurricane Irene, Governor Chris Christie has announced that he has ordered the reservoirs to be lowered in advance of Hurricane Sandy to mitigate any potential flooding.

Hurricane Sandy, christened 'Frankenstorm' because of its unique characteristics, has been described by weather services as a cross between a hurricane and a winter storm, packing the potential to deliver a minimum of 4-5 inches of rain with 30-40 mile per hour winds.

The reservoirs that will be lowered are the Woodcliffe Lake-Lake Tappan-Oradell Reservoir system operated by United Water in Bergen County; the Charlottesburg Reservoir, operated by the City of Newark; the Wanaque Reservoir operated by the North Jersey Water Supply District; and the Boonton Reservoir operated by Jersey City.

“These actions are necessary due to the potentially unprecedented nature of the storm that is heading our way,” Governor Christie said. “A great deal of rainfall is expected which could cause major flooding, so we are taking every step we can to try to mitigate the potential flooding that could occur.”

“New Jersey’s reservoirs are designed to provide water, not for flood control,” DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said. “But given the situation, we decided we needed to get as much water out of the reservoir systems as possible, creating void space for runoff from the storm.”

According to Martin, the reservoirs will be drawn down over a period of about 20 to 30 hours. Releases will be stopped well in advance of heavy rains, which will give the released water ample time to pass through the downstream river systems.

New Milford Mayor Ann Subrizi, District 38 legislators Senator Robert Gordon, Assemblywoman Connie Wagner and Assemblyman Timothy Eustace sent letters to Christie Friday urging him to lower the reservoirs in advance of the storm.

The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is coordinating with local Offices of Emergency Management to prepare for any evacuations that may become necessary.      


Stay tuned into Patch for updates on the storm.

River watcher October 28, 2012 at 07:05 PM
If you want to monitor the river http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nj/nwis/rt Don't believe the lies
River watcher October 28, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Thank you SOD members for helping the people of new milford get the real information we need to protect our properties and families we cannot rely on our politicians or the media either the are being told lies or apart of the lies. Help yourself nobody's comming to help but us ,thanks again N.M. And U.W
Jose A. Camacho, Esq. October 28, 2012 at 09:11 PM
If we flood it will be horrible for low lying Newi Milford Residents, but you would think it would also proove all the points SOD has been making and ruin any chance the United Water application has in passing.
newmilford1967 October 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM
There is a special meeting of the zoning board tommorrow if we have power? Drag Delvecchio to the river and make him watch and see the waters rise.
TommyIce October 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM
And they (UW) will use that as their basis for appeal. That our Zoning Board, if they deny the application, is taking revenge, on behalf of the taxpayers of NM, for the flooding that they will intentionally cause.


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