Governor Chris Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Michael Doherty establishing a task force to address Raritan and Delaware River flooding in Somerset and Hunterdon counties.
Flooding in downtown Bound Brook on April 16, 2007. (Wikimedia Commons)
“We took great strides last month in Bound Brook by moving forward Green Brook Flood Risk Management Project,” Senator Doherty said. “However, we still need a comprehensive plan to ensure all communities along the Raritan and Delaware Rivers have the tools and information needed to prepare for severe flooding. I look forward to reviewing the task force’s findings and finally implementing longterm solutions for our residents.”
Under the law, the Hunterdon-Somerset Flood Advisory Task Force will 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.
“As a lifelong resident of Somerset County, I have seen far too many homes and small businesses that have been irreversibly damaged by flooding,” Senator Bateman said. “The residents who continue to come to me with these concerns deserve answers, which is one of the many reasons why we advocated for establishing this task force. After generations of coping with serious flooding, it is relieving to know that we now have a pathway to protecting our communities from future severe weather events.”