Wednesday, May 23, 2012
DiVincenzo will hear Army Corps of Engineers plans for water storage on South Mountain Reservation during major weather events.
The Mayors along the Rahway River in Essex and Union Counties will present to Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo on Thursday a report on the potential for storm water storage in the South Mountain Reservations during major weather events. Mayor Sandra Haimoff and the Mayors’ Council on Rahway River Flood Control invited Joseph DiVincenzo to the presentation of the plan being developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has preliminarily estimated through its hydrology assessment that up to two feet of storm water could be stored behind natural dams in the South Mountain Reservation. The Mayors will hear the plan for the first time earlier in the day Thursday when the Corps presents the plan to the council, Haimoff said, and …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
While restaurant was closed for renovations, someone took equipment.
The owner of Tinga Restaurant reported to police that sometime between January and May, while the restaurant has been closed for major renovations, someone broke in and took items with a total value of more than $3,000. The restaurant has been closed since the Aug. 28 Tropical Storm Irene, flooded it out and left more than a foot of mud in the basement. Owner David Fishman told police that he discovered two refrigerator blowers, four burrito steamers and two stainless steel shelving units were missing from the restaurant on May 2. Fishman has said that he plans to open the restaurant as soon as possible and in March told Patch he hoped to open in April. He said he had to halt work on the restaurant while waiting for payment from the …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The First Spring Tea and Tag Sale will help offset costs of repairs after Irene.
This Saturday the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society will join St. Stephen’s Church its first Spring Tea and Tag Sale to offset the costs of repairs to the chuch after Irene. All proceeds from this one-day-only sale will help the church erase the last of the debt incurred when the August 2011 hurricane severely damaged the then newly-refurbished rectory, and a portion of the proceeds will help with historical society with the conservation of the collection. Former resident Phyllis Collins, owner of Cranberry Row estate sales, joined the many church and historical society volunteers to organize the donations for the tag/rummage sale. Those donations include: antiques, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, books, ephemera, vintage and newer…
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The next meeting of the Mayors' Council on Rahway River Flood Control will focus on gaining legislative support for proposed projects.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Volunteers from the Cranford River Maintenance Committee found a tee marker from the Maplewood Country Club in the river in Cranford the same week the Mayors' Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control requested that the East Branch of the Rahway River be included in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' study of storage areas. The East Branch flows through Orange, West Orange, South Orange and Maplewood before its connects with the West Branch at Millburn, Union and Springfield. Any reduction due to storage would help downstream communities including Cranford and Rahway. The Maplewood Country Club is one of the potential sites for additional storage as the Rahway River goes through the Club's golf course, said former Cranford Mayor Dan …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Damages caused by flooding during Irene exceeded $50 million, according to 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. Last week U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Cranford …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Flooding from Irene collapsed the riverbank at the Middle School field by the Paper Mill.
The costs from damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene keep piling up. But this time it’s for the School District, not the township. Estimates for repairing the collapsed bank of the Rahway River along the Paper Mill playing fields across from the Middle School have come back higher than the school district or township expected, Township committee member Tom McDermott said this week. “As part of the joint fields, we do a lot of work with the Board of Ed, and the estimate to rebuild it is in excess of $500,000,” he said. “That wasn’t a planned capital expense and certainly not in the budget for this year....They are putting up another permanent fence for safety reasons.” Even if the school district had the money to spend now, officials would …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Residents want a representative on subcommittee; township still looking into all the problems including sewer infrastructure, drainage and pumps.
Millburn will be dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene for a long time to come, but residents in the South Mountain area want some relief soon from the drainage issues that cause trouble any time it rains and want improvements to a sewer system back up into their homes, leaving them with much more than water to contend with. The Township Committee on Tuesday night heard the same report that the public heard last – with some additions from last week’s storm subcommittee meeting. Basically, nothing can be done to prevent flooding in a storm the size of Irene, which was bigger than a 100-year storm. But there areas in the neighborhood that are like “bowls” that retain water when it rains and those areas need help. Mayor Sandy Haimoff …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
All are welcome to attend tonight's meeting; township will hold subsequent meetings for downtown and Washington areas.
Editor's note: Check on Patch Thursday for an update. While all are welcome to the attend the first special meeting with the Millburn Township’s Hurricane Irene subcommittee, the focus of this meeting will primarily be what happened in the South Mountain area of town. The meeting will be tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Committee room. But even though the primary focus will be South Mountain, according to assistant business administrator Alexander McDonald, the meeting is being held “to hear the concerns of any resident regarding flooding issues and to discuss alternatives that may address these issues.” The subcommittee will hold additional meetings on flooding and related issues for the Downtown Community and the Washington area in …
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Flooding persists;'Things are horrific over on this side of town,' resident says.
With flashbacks to Hurricane Floyd, South Mountain neighorhood residents were cleaning up after the monster storm Irene sent water over the flood walls and almost forced an evacuation. Just when the township was set to call in the National Guard if a full-scale evacuation was deemed neccessary, the rain stopped. Among the areas to receive the most damage, as of 3 p.m. much of South Mountain could be still be mistaken for a river. The South Mountain neighborhood has experienced power outages, the live-wires, downed trees and water damage. Millburn Township reported this morning that water had flowed over the retaining wall on Ridgewood Rd. which separates the southern branch of the Rahway River from the South Moutain community. The wall was…