TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Flooding that briefly shut down the parking garage adjacent to the New Jersey Statehouse in recent weeks will cost more than $420,000 to clean up.

The underground garage is used by state government employees who work in the Statehouse complex. It’s located less than 200 yards from the banks of the Delaware River and is prone to flooding when the river rises.

Officials say the garage has endured 12 floods since 2004, five in the last two years, costing more than $3 million for environmental cleanups and repairs. The most recent floods were spurred late last month by Hurricane Irene and earlier this month by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.

The state hopes to receive federal disaster aid to help cover some of the cleanup costs.

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Comments (4)
  1. AA says:

    $420k to clean a garage. Sure. I take the company who is doing it was given the job without submitting a tender. Probably got hired thru somebody. Maybe Port Authority can pay for this seeing that the governor did nothing to stop the toll/fare hike.

  2. bullett says:

    Is the cost estimate based upon “union” or “non-union” labor?

  3. uncle sam says:

    i bet a friend does all the clean up with the help of illegalls

  4. texasdraw says:

    Time to fill it in build a high rise garage. Cameras, and guards . I realize the weather , security, and time is of the most important. So put a tunnel between the buildings. And use it for a tornado or bomb shelter at the same time. A shuttle center rail cold be put in.
    5 story garage, Tunnel. rail car. Only 25 million$ As long as the unions didn’t get the bid.:pp at Boston , at t what the unions did yo us there. Sendt he unions packing put some americans to work , So they won’t run up the cpst and take 10 years.

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