Elevating Homes in Pequannock and North Jersey, an Update

Passaic River in eastern Essex CountyImage via WikipediaFrom Passaic River Basin Flood Advisory Commission's 15 Point Plan progress update:


March 11, 2011
• NJOEM is taking the lead.
May 2, 2011
• NJOEM is discussing with municipalities which structures in areas are appropriate for elevation, as opposed to buyout.
1August 3, 2011
• NJOEM has acquired 97 properties between 2006 and 2009. The agency is poised to acquire at least 212 by the end of 2013 using FEMA funds. These numbers do not include Green/Blue Acres buyouts that are not partnered with NJOEM

August 3 - October 6
No updates available.

Locally, residents (this author included) made it clear at a recent public Flood Committee meeting that we do not want to elevate our homes.  We do not want another 10 steps to our front doors.  Raising our homes is not a solution to flooding.  All of that said, raising some homes, as appropriate, will help to reduce the number of people whose homes are flooded each year in Pequannock and with funding available to achieve that goal, the matter is worth looking into.  To that end, Ryan Herd, Chairman of the Pequannock Flood Committee, is using his home as a test house, working to general contract the elevation process in order to determine the process and ballpark figures for others who choose the same route.  It's important that those with any interest in raising their homes above the flood level investigate the process now as it helps to keep the issue alive and to ensure that there will be funding from the state and federal government for that and other flood remedies in the future.  The truth is, the solution to repetitive flooding is to limit the factors that contribute to repetitive flooding; an elevated house is still dangerous and inaccessible during a flood.  Yet, at this time all options bear consideration given the extent of the devastation.



Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock EnvironmentalHistoric District, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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