WOODLAND PARK/LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Flood mitigation along the Peckman River has been a fight since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, when a man lost his life in Little Falls and there was massive loss of property in an unexpected flood event. In 2018, the area also saw the same, thankfully with no loss of life.
The U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers draft study of the Peckman calls for:
- A 1,500-foot-long diversion tunnel that constructed between the Peckman and Passaic Rivers to divert floodwater from the Peckman into the Passaic River.
- 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.
In support of the draft study, the Borough has received letters from Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill - who has stood behind the local municipalities since she was a candidate, from Congressman Bill Pascrell - who began this effort with the towns in 1999, and from local legislators Senator Kristin Corrado and Assemblymen Kevin Rooney and Christopher DePhillips. Additionally, the Woodland Park and Little Falls Councils and the Passaic County Freeholders have passed resolutions supporting the project.
"We are closer today then ever on finding a permanent solution to Peckman River flooding," said Mayor Kazmark. The next step is getting funding put in to the Water Act, which officials hope will be introduced in the spring.