Legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Michael Doherty establishing a task force to address flooding in Somerset and Hunterdon counties was approved by the Senate Environment & Energy Committee.
Flooding in downtown Bound Brook on April 16, 2007. (Wikimedia Commons)
“Raritan River flooding has plagued homeowners and businesses in Somerset County for as long as I can remember,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “It’s time there be an in depth review to determine what can be done to mitigate this continuing problem that’s caused havoc for so many families decade after decade. By establishing a regional task force we can hopefully find comprehensive solutions to address the problems in this unique area.”
Under the legislation, S-166, the Hunterdon-Somerset Flood Advisory Task Force would be established to review past flooding events in Hunterdon and Somerset counties from flooding of the Delaware and Raritan rivers and their perspective tributaries and to make recommendations for mitigating future flooding. The task force would also review the effectiveness of county and local emergency response plans.
“Flooding along much of the Delaware and Raritan rivers has become a regular occurrence when heavy rains hit the region,” said Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset). “We need to bring experts and stakeholders from throughout the area together to take a careful look at what can be done to provide long-term relief. Homeowners and businesses have been dealing with the same flooding problems for far too long.”
The legislation now heads to the full Senate for consideration.