Friday, March 02, 2007

A 100 year Flood from 2" of Rain?

They used to describe water levels this high in a flood plain in terms approaching a "100 year flood." Tropical Storm Floyd was admittedly the worst at 12+ inches. November 8's storm was a bit lower with 4 inches. this morning's storm was a bit lower at between 1.65"(Caldwell) & 1.84" (in Newark). It's hard not to conclude that this is strong evidence that the recent addition of 800 condos at the source of Pearl Brook(also flooding Broad St. in Clifton) and The Third River on Garrett Mt. are going to have a long term impact on neighborhoods along the entire length of the river. (first & 3rd photos are from emergency bridge exit for proposed Townhouse Development off Lakewood drive. Second from top is view North from said bridge. Lower photo is gazebo at Brookside Pk.)


  1. Great post. It's important for people to realize the effect of development on these areas.

    This even applies to smaller situations. In my neighborhood there are a number of people who have paved their back yards! Every time someone paves over a permeable surface it causes more and more of these floods.

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