This week, Congressman Leonard Lance, NJ-7, met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials to discuss flood control measures for the town of Cranford. Following the meeting the Seventh District lawmaker announced that the federal agency has agreed to provide $225,000 in 2012 to continue funding a flood control feasibility study.
Cranford is also slated to receive from the federal government to help elevate flood-prone homes that were damaged during Hurricane Irene.
“I personally witnessed the devastation to Cranford in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene,” said Lance. “Homes were ruined, families were displaced and municipal operations were relocated. Many residents are still feeling the impact of Irene's wrath. It is imperative that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continue to move forward with its plans to determine the best course of action for Cranford and surrounding communities.”
Lance met with top Army Corps officials — including Colonel John R. Boulé, district commander for the New York District. During the meeting, Lance and officials discussed ways federal, state and local governmental and community leaders can work together to mitigate regional flooding in Cranford as well as the surrounding towns of Garwood, Springfield and Union.
“While the feasibility study is important to any long-term flood control solutions we must continue on a federal level to work with state agencies and local representatives toward potential short-term solutions to our regional flooding issues. I hope to continue this dialogue in the coming months,” concluded Lance.