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Report: Woodcliff Lake Reservoir Doesn’t Make Flooding Worse

Floodwaters (file / credit: clipart.com)

Floodwaters (file / credit: clipart.com)

WESTWOOD, NJ (WCBS 880) - A new study of the Woodcliff Lake reservoir found its flood gates are working properly after all.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

Westwood’s borough engineer studied stream flow at the reservoir and determined that the flood gates have in fact, prevented flooding.

The study identified four floods from 1935 to 1999, four from 2000 to 2010 and four more from 2011.

So why has there been more flooding this year? The engineer concluded there has simply been more rain.

United Water‘s Rich Henning says that’s what they’ve been saying all along.

“When it comes down the way it has this year in record amounts, whether it’s hurricane or a nor’easter, there’s nothing a reservoir and there’s nothing that anybody’s going to do to stop Mother Nature, especially in flood plains,” Henning told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

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