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Springfield & Union Flood Mitigation Projects Underway

By on Mar 20 2013.
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With the legislative and financial approvals granted by the Springfield and Union Township Committees in 2012, crews have now started the next round of flood mitigation work.  Trucks and heavy equipment have been mobilized this year and orange barrier fence can be seen in the woods of the “Larchmont section” of neighboring Union.

Last year, the Springfield Township Committee budgeted over a quarter million dollars for various flood mitigation projects.  In the first half of the year, contracts were awarded for dike restoration along Washington Avenue and stream cleaning along Marion Avenue that included desilting and debris removal.  Towards the end of the year, after collaboration with neighboring Union, the Springfield Township Committee approved an interlocal agreement to take part in “the cleaning, clearing and desnagging of accumulated debris and silt from the Vauxhall Branch of the Rahway River”.  According to Resolution 2012-288, Springfield contributed $75,000 towards the total cost of a $172,110.30 contract awarded to CMS Construction for the work.

Approximate Rahway River Vauxhall Branch Area of Concern

Approximate Rahway River Vauxhall Branch Area of Concern

While the crews will spend most of their time on the other side of the border, the resolution notes “that sharing the costs of the Contract is in the best interests of the residents of their respective municipalities for economic and efficiency purposes.”  In 2011, flooding from Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on dozens of homes and businesses in Springfield.  The Rahway River travels through many towns, including Springfield, Union and Millburn.  When the stream flow increases and the capacity of the river is exceeded, the surrounding area floods as it did during Irene and other previous storms.  A number of factors have impacted the Rahway River increasing the likelihood of flooding.  Silt and sediment build up, deteriorating banks and an accumulation of debris reduce the river’s capacity and exacerbate flooding problems both upstream and downstream.  It is believed that the improvements to the Vauxhall Branch of the Rahway River will provide additional flood relief to Springfield.



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