WOODLAND PARK/LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Residents in the Passaic Valley and along the Passaic River this week received two pieces of good news with regard to flood mitigation progress for both the Passaic and Peckman Rivers.
In May, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Totowa Mayor John Coiro, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano and Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark came together to share their concerns with Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh and Eagle Creek Renewable Energy regarding possible plans to reinstall flashboards above the Great Falls. After severe flooding in 2011 upstream from the Falls, the boards were removed, and the area has not seen any significant Passaic River flooding since.
"I am pleased to report that after hearing the concerns of our communities, at this time Eagle Creek will not be moving forward with their plan to reinstall the boards," Mayor Kazmark said. "Residents in flood areas can now rest a little easier."
ARMY CORPS STUDY
The U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers has released its revised draft feasibility study of the Peckman River for public review. The plan calls for:
- A 1,500-foot-long, 40-foot diameter diversion culvert (tunnel) that would be constructed between the Peckman and Passaic Rivers to divert floodwater from the Peckman into the Passaic River (south of Rt. 46).
- Approximately 2,170 linear feet of levees and/or floodwalls.
- An additional 1,207 linear feet of levees and/or floodwalls would be constructed in the vicinity of Passaic Valley High School, between the track and baseball fields.
- The elevation of as many as 16 structures so the main floor elevations would be to a final height of one foot above the base flood elevation.
- Flood-proofing of as many as 42 structures.
"After many years of input, I believe that the recommendations in the report are on point as to what Woodland Park and Little Falls have been asking for," Kazmark said. "This proposal will not impact or worsen Passaic River flooding."
Residents, especially those in flood hazard areas near the Peckman River, are encouraged to review the entire report and provide feedback to the Army Corps within the 35-day comment period. The report can be found by clicking here. The comment period ends on Nov. 12, 2019.
"While many have believed this project may never happen, we are truly one step closer than we have ever been," Kazmark said.