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Northeast US Flooding and Possible Solutions

Monday, September 12th, 2011

I know it has been ages since I have blogged last, due to my current job I don’t have the time I used too, but after a recent trip up to New Jersey after Hurricane Irene I need to start getting some of my ideas out there, I’m sick of seeing the destruction every few years.

I left New Jersey five years ago in April 2006. That year we had snow melt plus a lot of rain in a short period of time that lead to quite a substantial flood in Central and Northern New Jersey. It wasn’t as bad as Hurricane Floyd in 1999 but it was close. At the time I was a firefighter on Middlebush Fire Co. in Somerset County and we pumped out numerous basements that day, almost too many to remember.

Most recently, after a trip to see friends in Cranford, a town that was hit hard by street flooding and basement flooding that now has streets lined with trash and ruined memories from every house, something needs to be done and what the cities, counties, and probably the US Army Corps plan to do is not what really needs to be done.

My idea to control flooding, so FEMA and insurance companies don’t have to pay out thousands per home every five years, revolves around individual river basins and increased stormwater capacity. I believe I have some ideas; this requires a holistic, multi-zone, regional solution. I would like to team up with a civil engineer and an environmental scientist, specifically one who understands fresh water rivers and streams. If you are interested please email me or leave a comment below and I will explain more to you and in the future I want to post it so others can share and build upon my revolutionary idea.