Mayor Ann Subrizi has sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie asking him to lower the reservoirs in advance of Hurricane Sandy, a nor'easter that the National Weather Service forecasts to hit Bergen County between Sunday and Tuesday.
"The full capacity of the United Water Oradell Reservoir is 23.16 ft.," Subrizi said. "It is currently at 18.07 ft."
Subrizi states that it is not only important that the reservoirs be lowered to make room for the rain, "but more importantly, to make room for the runoff that will surely occur on the following days."
Prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irene, Christie agreed to order the lowering of the reservoirs to ease flooding, and Subrizi is hoping that he will do it once again.
"This could be the decision that makes the difference to many of my residents," Subrizi stated in her letter.
Stay tuned to Patch for continuing updates about the storm.