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Subrizi Urges Christie To Lower Reservoirs

With Sandy headed our way, Subrizi urges Christie to order the reservoirs be lowered in advance of the storm.

Mayor Ann Subrizi has sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie asking him to lower the reservoirs in advance of Hurricane Sandy, a nor'easter that the National Weather Service forecasts to hit Bergen County between Sunday and Tuesday.

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

Subrizi states that it is not only important that the reservoirs be lowered to make room for the rain, "but more importantly, to make room for the runoff that will surely occur on the following days."

Prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irene, Christie agreed to order the lowering of the reservoirs to ease flooding, and Subrizi is hoping that he will do it once again.

"This could be the decision that makes the difference to many of my residents," Subrizi stated in her letter.


Stay tuned to Patch for continuing updates about the storm.

AML October 26, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Thank you Celeste for your clarification about your comment. We oftentimes misread each other's true intentions, and likewise, oftentimes get carried away with our automatic defense/justification modes. If you still believe that my comment was the "not-so-well-hidden dig" as you stated, that is your opinion/intrepretation and you are entitled to it. I don't agree with you stating that our town has displayed an overall year of negativity. Differences of opinion & passion displayed by residents should not be interpreted as negativity. Everyone has a right to speak their mind within the confines of civility, even if sometimes harsh words are used. That should not always be interpreted as political, as you believe. FYI... I voted for Team Subrizi. I do agree with you that people will come together in times of need no matter what...that is what we should strive for not just because of this impending storm but because it is the right thing to do always. We can only hope that our town's preparation will be an exercise only and that the storm will somehow change course.
John DeSantis October 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Here we go again. Be safe be careful, look out for one another.
Nuts October 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Are you people nuts
Laura Cotter October 27, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I am concerned about this lowering of reservoirs. While it clearly seems it would help northern NJ residents, in some areas, where is all 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???
Dennis Huzey October 28, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Dear Ms.Cotter, I ABSOLUTELY understand your dilemma - since I have shared my share of the burden of such decisions over the years! Mayor Subrizi must live far above the level of the Hackensack River away form the lowlands of southern New Milford. As 53 year residents of New Milford we have been regualarly flooded by the reservoir being lowered combining with storms and were even evacuated by boat 7 years ago. Her request to lower the Oradell Reservoir must be based upon some loudly proclaiming, fearful residents living on high ground in the north of town, not upon our GUARANTEE OF FLOODING! SO MY QUESTION BECOMES -- WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ALL OF IN THIS PART OF TOWN? Will you send a boat (again) and feel that you have done "all you can" so long as there are seats for me, my family and Ms.Cotter and her family?" On the other hand - Mayor Subrizi, maybe it is time that we "re-distribute" the water and costs of the weather to others in the town (i.e., to those on high ground) rather than to those of us who consistently play the role of the "cost-ridden losers" in such storms (in this case, "Sandy"). I sincerely hope that Mayor Subrizi acts as the "redistributor" of the water and the financial burden this time. Please protect the traditional "sacrificial lambs" of such government decision making regularly caused by opening the flood gates of the Oradel reservoir. Storm Sandy should be our turn to be protected for a change - DO NOT LOWER THE ORADELL RESERVOIR!!!!.


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