Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pequannock Flood Committee Makes Home-Delivery of Information

The Pequannock Flood Advisory Committee, which was reformed in 2011 after a hiatus of some time, will begin making house-calls to residents as early as this coming Saturday.  Flood Committee members will take responsibility for sections of Pequannock effected by flooding and distribute information door to door, typically in teams of two, as well as requesting feedback and providing opportunities for future contact at that time.

Editor's Note: As a member myself, I must note that, "what we're trying to do is to create a community of informed residents, who are knowledgeable about both the technical and political aspects of flooding, and empowered to join us in taking action to protect our community in the future, while insisting that our elected representatives do the same."

It's not just for people in the flood areas either, while the door to door activity will focus on those effected directly, flooding causes traffic snarls and services outages throughout the entirety of Pequannock Township and the clean-up and rescue operations cost hundreds-of-thousands of dollars during every major flood event.  All residents are welcome to attend Flood Committee meetings (7:30, 2nd Thursday each month in council chambers) or request information directly (clotito@alumni.drew.edu works fine).

It's worth noting the Pequannock Flood Advisory Committee is a very unique combination of talents as well: Township Engineer, Dave Battaglia is a member, as well as former Mayor Evelyn Justesen, and industrial engineer Roger Imfeld.  Councilwoman Melissa Florance-Lynch acts as Council Liaison.  The group is also filled with a lot of energy and passion with members who have committed themselves to finding a solution, such as Ryan Herd and Christopher Lotito, who are both running separately for Township Council, as well as Louise Marchese, who is pursuing candidacy for the Board of Education at this time.  Further, the board is huge (13 members), so much so that there's no need to name all the members here suffice to say that the entirety of Pequannock's flood community is well represented.  As well, with such a diverse pool of talents, Pequannock's interests are well served.

Any questions regarding flooding in Pequannock and how you can get involved, please contact the author.  All Flood Committee members going door to door will have ID available, feel free to request it.  Those who signed-up to become Flood Captains in the Fall will still be contacted, as soon as the infrastructure is underway to disseminate information efficiently.


Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock EnvironmentalHistoric District, Open Space, 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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