U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) today released the following statement in reaction to the study commissioned by the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection that found the Pompton Lake Dam's flood gates might hasten flooding during severe weather.
"Today, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection became the latest entity to conclude that the Pompton Dam's flood gates operate according to their design. This conclusion is aligned with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' findings a couple years ago. There is little comfort in these findings for the residents that live in the flood-prone areas around the Pompton Lake dam," said Pascrell, a co-chair of the Congressional Hurricane Irene Coalition.
"It is disturbing to read that the gates' operation might have made the flooding occur sooner than if they were not in use. The President and the Governor have both walked with me through our flooded neighborhoods. We all know we must continue helping people out of harm's way, whether it is through voluntary buyouts of property or other mitigation efforts. I am committed to doing everything I can to help these communities downstream of the Pompton Lake as long as I am their Congressman."
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