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Flooding in Bound Brook in September 2021. (Photo: Paul Montor via Facebook).

Lawmakers want probe of floodgate failure in Bound Brook

By David Wildstein, September 20 2021 10:15 am

Three Republican legislators from the 23rd district want an independent investigation into flooding in Bound Brook during Tropical Storm Ida after a stuck New Jersey Transit train blocked floodgates from closing.

“It’s extremely concerning that the $300 million floodgate system that was put in place to protect Bound Brook from flooding was defeated by a disabled NJ Transit train that shouldn’t have been running,” said State Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Oxford). “We need a transparent, independent review of this incident to understand what processes failed during Ida to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

The lawmakers – Doherty and Assemblymen Erik Peterson (R-Franklin) and John DiMaio (R-Hackettstown) – said they want to know why a train attempted to pass through a flood-prone area despite National Weather Service warnings earlier in the day that flash floods were expected along the Raritan Valley Line.

“While it took decades to plan and build Bound Brook’s flood control system, it took just seconds for a stuck train to prevent it from working,” Peterson said. “Since NJ Transit may bear some legal liability for the flood damage to homes and businesses that resulted, we shouldn’t leave it up to them to tell us what went wrong. We need an impartial, independent review to ensure that the people of Bound Brook get the honest answers they deserve.”

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