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Resident Is Fed Up With Flooding Studies

Reader says it is "a disgrace" that another flooding study has to occur before a solution to flooding in the Passaic River Basin is proposed.

In reading a recent article published on NorthJersey.com regarding the flooding study for the Passaic River Basin, this response is being written of behalf of all the people who have had to endure the hardships for countless and unnecessary years.

First, it is a disgrace to this nation, and even more to the people, to be told yet another new study is being done at “lighting speed” at an additional cost of $15 million. We ask this: do they not have enough studies from the past 90 years to get the job done? Or do they just enjoy wasting money and time? Are we afraid of getting to the truth and then getting our hands dirty to get the job done? This is not rocket science. Or is it?

Is it okay to rebuild other lands at “lighting speed” and not fix a 90-year-old issue in our own county? Do we no longer live in one of the world’s greatest nations anymore?

As far as the comment about Governor Christie not wanting to fix the issue: that is a lie. We all at William Paterson University when Assemblyman Scott Rumana stated that Governor Christie was the only one who wanted to help.

Perhaps if all parties involved got down to the problem and stopped wasting money and time and did some good old fashion hard work that would get the job done. Or are those parties too worried about votes this year and just telling us what we want to hear?

Margaret Wert

Wayne, NJ

stewart resmer August 02, 2012 at 10:48 AM
With the utmost respect and concern for those thus affected, I distinctly remember that other speakers at the symposium were of the opinion that the problem was regional in nature. To some how intimate that the money is being alloctaed to study Wayne's problem alone is not accurate. The $15 M is probably being applied to a comprehensive study that takes into account the 90 year data and compares it to the current data which are influenced by the most recent development that perhaps should never had been instituted to begin with? Recently the Obama administration allocated $2 M to study the local data, and the partisan council bemoaned that. We cant have it both ways, on the one hand seeking resolutions to great problems, then back biting the fed when it comprehensively surveys the problem. Its time for Wayne Township to lead, follow, or get out of the way. http://www.mercurynews.com/california-budget/ci_21155436/gov-jerry-brown-fires-first-shot-new-water
Margaret Wert August 02, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Sir you may Say what you will , you have not lived through this!
Margaret Wert August 02, 2012 at 12:46 PM
any furthmore Wayne has stepped up namybe you should stand along us and fight for truth .
Dory Degen August 02, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Excellent letter Margaret. You voiced what most residents feel. Enough is enough. The latest proposed "study" is an outrage when so many are suffering. Mr. Resmer always plays devil's advocate. You are spot on Margaret. Thank you.
stewart resmer August 02, 2012 at 03:02 PM
The Mayor of Paterson Mr Jones, had something to say about Gov Chrisite during the flood and it seemed to be diametricaly opposite of Mr Rumana's position. Gov Christie will not afford a transportation tunnel, do you seriously think he will afford a tunnel to deal with this flooding? The idea that a survey of the regional problem is an outrage invites catastrophy, give the devil his due. You would be fools to attempt to deal with flooding if you did not complete a regional survey and determine a regional solution.
Flood Plain August 03, 2012 at 03:18 PM
The time for studies has long past and they have been completed. FIX THE FLOODING ONCE AND FOR ALL.
Margaret Wert August 03, 2012 at 05:19 PM
we will leave stewart to his own thoughts and move on .
Margaret Wert August 03, 2012 at 05:21 PM
thanks I know all about his kind .
Margaret Wert August 03, 2012 at 05:23 PM
these are already done and have been done year after year so put a lid on it . Unless you can di it for free . Or better yet come rebuild our homes next time ?
Nose Wayne August 03, 2012 at 08:00 PM
ATTAGIRL MARGARET !!!! The only thing you get FREE when it floods is the VOLUNTEERS that donate their time again and again to help the people out of their homes and try to give them some comfort during this tragic time. You DON'T see your politicians out there helping out, their high and dry in some office watching all this on the TV.
Nomar August 03, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Enough with the Flooding. Buy all te houses out and knock them down and return the land to it's correct use, Wetlands for water run off.

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