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Legislators Urge United Water To Lower Reservoirs

In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, Gordon, Wagner and Eustace ask United Water to lower the reservoir levels before storm hits.

District 38 legislators have appealed to United Water to lower the reservoir in advance of Hurricane Sandy, a nor'easter that the National Weather Service forecasts to hit Bergen County between Monday and Tuesday.

In a letter sent Friday to Jim Glozzy, Vice President and General Manager of United Water, Senator Robert Gordon, Assemblywoman Connie Wagner and Assemblyman Timothy Eustace asked that he help to "mitigate some of the potential losses" by lowering the reservoirs before the storm hits.

"It is our belief that United Water can help to mitigate some of the potential losses by lowering the reservoirs before significant rainfall begins," they wrote.

Reminding him of the devastating effects the floods that followed Hurricane Irene had on residents, they said, "Many of our constituent's homes were flooded and some had to be rescued by boat to escape rising waters."

New Milford Mayor Ann Subrizi sent a letter Friday to Governor Chris Christie urging him to order the lowering of the reservoirs in advance of Hurricane Sandy.

"The full capacity of the United Water Oradell Reservoir is 23.16 ft.," Subrizi said. "It is currently at 18.07 ft.," Subrizi said.

Tune into Patch for continuing updates on Hurricane Sandy.

Ulises October 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Thank you.
miriam pickett October 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM
United Water has never done anything for us. Let's see if time they do the right thing.
Rosemary Fuhrman October 26, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Thank you for listening to the pleas of your constituents!
Laura Cotter October 27, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I am concerned about this lowering of reservoirs. While it clearly seems it would help northern NJ residents, in some areas, where is that water going? We are here in south NJ and Hurricane Irene and the creek nearby flooded us, first time in 18 years. We are senior citizens and can't do the necessary clean up. As far as I know, all tributaries and their water flow southward in NJ. So can anyone tell me, are we at risk from this lowering of northern reservoirs???????, plus a giant storm???
Rick October 27, 2012 at 08:20 PM
As of 4:15pm Saturday, United Water has yet to comply with the Governor's mandate to release water from the Oradell Reservoir. From my view, the Hackensack River is at peak low tide and there is no indication that they are going to do anything, at this time. I will be videotaping the river as soon as the tide shifts in order to prove that they are violating a direct order from the Governor.


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