FIRST SERIES OF INTERACTIVE FLOOD WARNING MAPS

October 10th, 2012 by admin

The first in a series of online, interactive flood- preparation maps designed to assist emergency management personnel and keep residents in the Passaic River Basin informed about flooding events in real time has been launched, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced last Monday.

The Saddle River Flood Inundation Map, covering a nearly three-mile stretch of the river in Lodi, is the first map prioritized for the Passaic River Basin in response to recommendations made by Governor Christie’s Passaic River Basin Advisory Commission. The map was developed in partnership between the DEP and U.S. Geological Survey. Seventeen additional interactive maps covering critical areas of the basin will be produced in the coming months as part of a cooperative effort among the DEP, USGS, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Flood inundation mapping is one of the recommendations in the Passaic River Basin Advisory Commission’s 15-point plan for short-term and long-term measures to help mitigate the impact of flooding in the basin. Governor Christie formed the Commission in 2011 in response to a series of damaging floods in the basin, which covers significant portions of Bergen, Morris and Passaic counties. Key recommendations of the plan called for better information to help in preparation and response to flooding emergencies.

nundation maps are being produced for Lodi, Ridgewood and Upper Saddle River along the Saddle River; for Little Falls, Pine Brook, Chatham, Millington and Clifton along the Passaic River; for Pompton Lakes, Mahwah and Oakland along the Wanaque River; for two locations in Wanaque along the Wanaque River; for Pompton Plains along the Pompton River; for Riverdale and the Macopin Intake Dam along the Pequannock River; for Little Falls along the Peckman River; and for Ho-Ho-Kus Brook in Ho-Ho-Kus.

The Saddle River map can be accessed at http://wim.usgs.gov/FIMI/FloodInundationMapper.html?siteno=01391500#. A click on the map shows the stream flows and water depths for the stretch of the river that extends from the Interstate 80 bridge in Rochelle Park to the Felician College campus in Lodi.