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Hurricane Sandy: Responders Change Meeting Spot

VOAD will now meet Saturday at Our Lady of Consolation R.C. Church.

The location for the Wayne Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) meeting on Saturday has been changed.

The meeting will now be held at  Our Lady of Consolation R.C. Church Saturday at 9 a.m..

The group will review its incident action plan and prepare to respond in the event Hurricane Sandy significantly impacts Wayne. The National Weather Service forecasts that Sandy could hit New Jersey on Thursday. Rains and heavy winds could blanket the Garden State.

“While it is too early to know what path the storm will take or how powerful it will be, this review will be an important periodic assessment of our disaster preparedness capabilities even if we are not affected by Hurricane Sandy,” said Rev. Karyn Ratcliffe in an e-mail that was sent out Wednesday night. Ratcliffe is pastor of Packanack Community Church and chairwoman of VOAD.

VOAD dedicates its time to help members of the community who were affected by an emergency, such as a flood or a fire. The group was formed immediately following Tropical Storms Irene and Lee last year.

For more information about VOAD, click here or send an e-mail to WayneVOAD@gmail.com.

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Bill Brennan October 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Are the floodgates open yet? Shouldn't they stay open until you can walk across the Pompton? It's not like we don't already know what is coming and it's not like we haven't seen what little impact lowering the lake a mere 3 feet did last time we had a storm of this proportion (and this could be much worse).
Sandy Fantau October 26, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Bill I called the NJ Dam Safety, and was told they have no plans on opening the floodgates before the storm hits. You would think they would lower the lake till it is empty and keep the floodgates open a bit to let the water come out as the lake is refilling. I thing I have learned from going to all the meeting is that engineering and common sense don't mix. When I spoke to Dam safety, I asked him what is the difference between a dam some where else in NJ breaking and leaving an opening 64 feet wide by 14 feet high, flooding out towns down stream. Would that be considered a dam failure or dam break? Then I asked even though this is a dam break created by man to regulate the amount of water in Oakland, what is the difference between the two? I did not get an answer, just silence on the other end of the phone. I guess in theory there is no difference, however in reality for some reason our government has decided that the lower Passaic River Basin is ok to flood out every time there is a storm coming through and destroy homes and business in that area while saving around 350 home above the Floodgates in Wayne, Pompton Lakes and Oakland. This does not even make any sense from an economical point of view. Buy out the effected homes above the dam and make it into a big retention basin and then let the water out slowly as the rivers in the lower basin can handle it. Maybe not good energenerring, but it seems to make sense to me.
Rob Burke October 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I just read that the state ordered flood gates opened and reservoir levels reduced, but not sure if the order covers the whole state
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM
http://wayne.patch.com/articles/floodgates-will-be-opened-early-official-says
Karyn Ratcliffe October 26, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Wayne VOAD is seeking organizations and businesses who would be willing to provide food for the first responders beginning on Monday. Please plan for about 40 people per meal. If willing, send an e-mail to WayneVOAD@gmail.com so we can add you to our schedule.
Nose Wayne October 27, 2012 at 03:45 AM
YEA!!!!!!! They are opening the flood gates "2 DAYS" not 2 hours before the storm hits.THANK YOU KARYN for thinking of our "FIRST RESPONDERS". Our town mayor seems to forget who they are.

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