Reservoirs Lowered Friday, Stopped Saturday

DEP confirms reservoirs were lowered immediately following Christie's order Friday evening, but stopped 6 p.m. Saturday.

Mayor Ann Subrizi said that reservoirs that feed into the Hackensack River were lowered immediately following Governor Chris Christie's order on Friday, but stopped at 6 p.m. Saturday in order for the released water to clear the system .

After taking part in a conference call with the Governor earlier Sunday, Subrizi said that DEP Commissioner Bob Martin confirmed that the reservoirs were immediately lowered following the Governor's Friday order, but stopped at 6 p.m. Saturday. In northern Bergen County, the reservoirs include the Woodcliff Lake-Lake Tappan-Oradell Reservoir system operated by United Water.

The Oradell Reservoir may have accepted water from the other reservoirs in the system, making more room for the subsequent runoff. As of Sunday afternoon, the Oradell Reservoir is at 17.74'. The highest it can go without spilling over is 23.16'.

High Tides are expected on Monday around 10:26 a.m./10:43 p.m.

Stay tuned to Patch for additional updates and coverage on the storm.

scooby doo October 29, 2012 at 01:18 AM
haha...the first time I had something to laugh at today
another concerned citizen October 29, 2012 at 03:35 AM
JUST READ THIS ON UW WEBSITE. NOTICE NO SPECIFIC AMOUNTS 10-28-2012 UNITED WATER CONTINUES STORM PREPARATIONS United Water New Jersey is continuing with preparations to handle heavy rain that may occur in the next few days. On Friday afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) requested United Water New Jersey increase water releases from its three reservoirs (Lake Tappan, Woodcliff Lake and Oradell Reservoirs). The specific releases were determined by the NJDEP and followed by United Water New Jersey.
Michelle October 29, 2012 at 05:49 AM
I’m confused. UW talks about water release in regard to dam protection. Protection from what? Water overtopping the dam? If so, shouldn’t the gates always be opened b4 the spillway goes into effect. When it rains 3 times the amount the reservoir will hold, and overtopping the dam cannot be prevented, does that mean the dam is threatened? Also, UW began releasing water Thurs. Aug 25 evening b4 Irene Sun Aug 28. It takes 12 hours for the water to travel the gravity-fed system to us. They continued releasing through Fri. Aug 26. I don’t know when they stopped, but how could they not have contributed to the flooding when they pushed all that water down our way while it was raining? Plus at the Atlantic Ocean where this water empties, with up to a 10 foot storm surge expected from Sandy, won’t the beachfront residents flood more because of the release. UW is a billion dollar company, and this is the best they can come up with? Activists are necessary because historically corporations like this lack consciences. When your bottom line includes a disregard for human suffering caused by you, it’s not only immoral, it’s criminal. Even though they manage to slither out of most lawsuits against them, they go to bed filthy. They may feel they have won, but there comes a time in everyone’s life when their bill comes due.
Michelle October 29, 2012 at 05:52 AM
In my recent review of the 4-25-11 M&C minutes, Dr. Stephen Boswell said “the only way the water company could make flooding worse would be if, as the reservoir spillway began to overtop, they also opened up the sluice gates, but that this does not happen because once the spillway goes into effect that is the release of the water.” Later he said that the flooding was not because they opened the gates, it was because the water overtopped the dam implying that the gates had been opened while the spillway was in effect. This contradiction continued to bother me, so I wrote to Dr. Boswell twice, with zero response. He obviously could not be bothered or was afraid to answer the question. If the spillway was in effect and they opened the gates, how could outflow not exceed inflow? With UW listed as one of Boswell’s clients, Margita Batistic should not be the engineer for the Hekemian application. She asks no questions of Hekemian’s engineer despite serious reasons to do so. Instead Dipple testifies repeatedly: “Your own engineer concurs with what I have said and with my findings.” Of course she does, UW is a big client to lose. DelVecchio bumped our planner because he represented the planner’s wife at one time. Yet Margita has UW as a client, and we are stuck with her. Her presence there serves Hekemian since she has every reason not to challenge his witnesses.
Michelle October 29, 2012 at 05:54 AM
Thank you Mayor Ann Subrizi for watching out for us. Thank you Rick for collecting evidence. Everyone who can, please continue to collect evidence, pictures of before and after, and of the Sheffield in Englewood. I will be out there with my camera too. And thank you NewMilford1967, I needed that laugh! What you say is true!! Be safe everyone!


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