CHATHAM, NJ - Patrick and Christine Cairns came before the Chatham Township Committee to seek relief from what they say is repeated flooding of their backyard at 46 Dellwood Avenue on Thursday night at the regular meeting of the township committee.
Cairns provided photos of his backyard to the Chatham Township Committee before addressing them about his frustration with the persistent flooding during the public commentary session (see the video below).
The couple moved to Chatham 20 months ago and were unaware that nearly every time it rains their backyard would become flooded. Chatham Township engineer John Ruschke explained that it is "natural" condition for the water to flow there (see the video below).
The couple cited health and safety issues for their family, which includes children ages 4 and 2.
"No one in their right mind would buy our home," Christine Cairns said. "This is a real issue you shouldn't back down from because it's hard to do."
Robert Hoffmann, Chatham Township administrator, said he is willing to meet with the residents to discuss the issue, but took exception to some of the comments made about former administrator Thomas Ciccarone. (see video)