Monday, March 25, 2013
At its last meeting, the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control refocused its effort to define the damage caused by Hurricane Irene.
The following summary of the last meeting of the Mayor's Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control was provided by members of the organization. At its March meeting in Millburn, the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control made it a top priority to better define the extent of the damages left by Hurricane Irene. The current estimate is more than $100 million of damages to schools, business districts and homes. The mayors of the 11 communities participating in the Mayors Council have been working along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to evaluate flood control alternatives that could protect residents and businesses from future storms. A major potential is …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
How has the 2011 storm impacted you? Send us your photos and feedback.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Sunday marks the first anniversary of the storm that pulled trees from their roots, flooded streets and cars, decimated homes and businesses and left thousands without power. After Irene blew through New Jersey in August 2011, Patch was there to cover the hurricane that had been downgraded to a tropical storm. The impact of the storm and subsequent flooding is still evident in some areas of Union County. In Cranford - one of the most severely impacted towns in the county - 18 houses that were heavily damaged are being elevated to prevent flood waters from future storms from submerging the structures. Some residents are still in the process of rebuilding parts of their homes that were destroyed. Behind the municipal building on Springfield …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The cost of damages caused by flooding from the late summer hurricane exceeded $50 million, according to representatives from the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control.
Data collected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the months following Hurricane Irene has shown that the cost of the damage to homes, schools, and municipal property has exceeded $50 million. The economic loss, including the decrease in some property values has led members of a regional flood control panel to seek financial assistance from federal, state and county governments to help prevent future losses due to storm damage. When the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control meets on April 3 at the Union Municipal Building, members will discuss some of the funding that has already been awarded to towns along the Rahway River to help with flood mitigtion efforts. The Mayors Council is made up of the Mayors of the …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Utility company serves 13 counties in New Jersey.
Jersey Central Power & Light announced a plan to invest $200 million in 2012 on projects the utility company said are "designed to improve service reliability and help meet the increasing demand for electricity in northern and central New Jersey." Donald Lynch, president of JCP&L, said Tuesday morning the investment includes the completion of several new substations, including in Andover Township in Sussex County, and in Tewksbury in Hunterdon County, as well as a $2 million investment to upgrade more than 40 distribution circuits within JCP&L's New Jersey service area, which includes 236 municipalities. "The substantial investments we plan to make this year and in the future are part of JCP&L’s ongoing efforts to improve the quality of …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The Mayors Council on Rahway River Flood Control will join local engineers and environmentalists for a meeting at the Community Center next week.
The mayors of towns along the Rahway River will meet in Cranford next week to discuss ways in which their municipalities can revise ordinances and improve their stormwater management plans. The stormwater management conferencewill take place Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Members of the Mayors Council on Rahway River Flood Control as well as municipal engineers, environmentalists, planning board and zoning board members will gather to develop some consensus on changes to current practices, according to former Cranford Mayor Daniel Aschenbach, who still has some involvement with the committee. He was instrumental in forming the organization in the months following Hurricane Irene. "It is important for…
Friday, January 27, 2012
The Mayor's Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control will meet in Cranford next month.
Progress continued at the Mayor's Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control meeting Jan. 26 in Rahway, as members of the council agreed to a master plan for the bridges along the Rahway River. The plan will focus on making sure that improvements to current bridges as well as future structures take into consideration impacts on flooding. In light of a study done by the Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers, it was agreed that the Morris Avenue bridge, Milltown Road bridge, Route 22 bridge and Hazelwood Avenue bridge be included in upcoming improvement projects. "The continued regional engagement of the mayors in this effort to identify and implement flood control efforts on a regional basis will yield …
Monday, December 19, 2011
The shore received a lashing, but North Jersey took the brunt
Hurricane Irene would have been the first hurricane to make landfall in New Jersey in more than a century, had it actually been packing hurricane-strength winds at the time. But by the time Irene rolled ashore at Little Egg Inlet in southern Ocean County, its wind speed had already decreased to 69 m.p.h. – a full 5 m.p.h. short of hurricane strength – meaning it was actually just a tropical storm. The new findings were released Dec. 14 by the National Hurricane Center, the latest of equivalent post-mortems the agency has posted on every other storm of the 2011 hurricane season. Every year, the hurricane center releases "tropical cyclone reports" on each named storm after hurricane season ends Nov. 30. The report said a storm surge of 3 to …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Deadline for filing proof of loss claims extended to Jan. 23, 2012
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced a 60-day extension for the proof of loss deadline for flood victims of Hurricane Irene from Nov. 23 to Jan. 23, 2012, under the National Flood Insurance Program. The extension goes into effect for flood policyholders in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia with dates of loss between Aug. 26 and Sept. 4. “We've extended the registration deadline for people who–for whatever reason–have not had the opportunity to register for assistance,” said William L. Vogel, FEMA's federal coordinating officer. “The goal is to ensure all …
In their first meeting, the Mayors’ Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control discuss options for controlling future floods and restoring damage from Irene.
At their first meeting, the Mayors’ Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control explored political solutions to regional flooding problems. Mayors of five towns that contain sections of the Rahway River met in Millburn along with their town engineers as well as engineers from Essex and Union County. The discussion was regional in scope. Officials looked to share the cost of changing infrastructure in their towns and surrounding municipalities to lessen the impact of future flooding. They discussed how the area’s geography and patterns of dense land development impacted water flow. And, perhaps most importantly, they looked at how they could collectively exert political will to get funding and attention. We are always constrained by …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Barry O'Donovan of The Kilkenny House chats over Harkin Curry Pie.
- PATCH'S HOUSE & HOME
- Amy Currie
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
We caught up with Barry O'Donovan, owner of The Kilkenny House in Cranford to talk about authentic Irish fare, Hurricane Irene and the town who saved his restaurant. Patch: Your having Harkin Curry Pie (chicken simmered with onions, peas, carrots in an authentic curry sauce topped with a puff pastry cap, $9) for lunch. It smells amazing. Is this your favorite comfort food? O'Donovan: Being from Ireland, Curry is huge and so is chicken pot pie. This is a combination of the two. Every pub over there has a curry dish on the menu. It is real comfort food for me. The curry that we use is from Ireland and milder and sweeter than its Indian cousin. There are french fries in it too which is the way we present it. Patch: Coming from Ireland, you …