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Legislators Urge United Water To Lower Reservoirs

In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, Gordon, Wagner and Eustace ask United Water to lower the reservoir levels before storm hits.

District 38 legislators have appealed to United Water to lower the reservoir in advance of Hurricane Sandy, a nor'easter that the National Weather Service forecasts to hit Bergen County between Monday and Tuesday.

In a letter sent Friday to Jim Glozzy, Vice President and General Manager of United Water, Senator Robert Gordon, Assemblywoman Connie Wagner and Assemblyman Timothy Eustace asked that he help to "mitigate some of the potential losses" by lowering the reservoirs before the storm hits.

"It is our belief that United Water can help to mitigate some of the potential losses by lowering the reservoirs before significant rainfall begins," they wrote.

Reminding him of the devastating effects the floods that followed Hurricane Irene had on residents, they said, "Many of our constituent's homes were flooded and some had to be rescued by boat to escape rising waters."

New Milford Mayor Ann Subrizi sent a letter Friday to Governor Chris Christie urging him to order the lowering of the reservoirs in advance of Hurricane Sandy.

"The full capacity of the United Water Oradell Reservoir is 23.16 ft.," Subrizi said. "It is currently at 18.07 ft.," Subrizi said.

Tune into Patch for continuing updates on Hurricane Sandy.


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