photos by Boyd Loving
by the staff of The Ridgewood Blog
Ridgewood NJ, Frankly, enough is enough when it comes to flooding along the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook in Ridgewood. Damaging, expensive flooding seems to be occurring every 5 years (or less) instead of every 100 years.
Flood damage from Hurricane Ira to Board of Education buildings and grounds alone will cost almost $250k to repair (flood insurance coverage and FEMA grants may lessen the amount).
The Village of Ridgewood (VOR) has not yet made public the dollar figure associated with repair of damages to Village Hall, the Ridgewood Public Library, Vets Field, Graydon Park/Pool, Maple Field, and the Recycling Center. Flood waters may have also entered the Ridgewood Water Pollution Control and Signal Department facilities on Prospect Street in Glen Rock. VOR flood related repair costs could also approach $250k, or more.
The Ridgewood Blog suggests there is no time better than now to begin conceptualizing, designing, engineering, and constructing a flood control system for the entire length of the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook in Ridgewood.
We’ve got to put an end to the heartbreaking & expensive damage, along with massive disruption to business and family routines, caused when water rushing through the Brook overflows its banks.
Now is the time to request help from the Army Corps of Engineers in the fight to keep properties along the Brook free of damaging water incursions.
Let’s stop flushing our property tax monies into the Brook for once and for all!