Residents and Businesses Near Assunpink Creek Called to Participate in Flood Damage Survey
Click Here to view a copy of the Assunpink Creek Flood Survey
Working with the US Army Corps of Engineers and Congressman Chris Smith’s office, Hamilton Township officials are calling upon residents and businesses near the Assunpink Creek to participate in a survey assessing flood damage to help state and federal officials determine the economic feasibility of including Assunpink Creek in upcoming studies and future flood mitigation efforts.
Following the post-Hurricane Irene flooding that significantly impacted Hamilton neighborhoods such as Cornell Heights and Whitehead Manor, as well as shutting down nearby Amtrak and NJ Transit rail service between Trenton and New Brunswick, officials continued to look for ways to help prevent future flooding in the area. Discussions with Army Corps of Engineers representatives led to the idea of conducting a survey, to help determine an informal cost-benefit analysis of historic flood damage versus possible mitigation costs.
As a result, Army Corps of Engineers representatives, Congressman Chris Smith’s staff and township officials developed a survey that will ask affected-residents and nearby businesses to provide past flood information, assessments of flood-related damage, as well as any preventative measures taken to avoid flood damage.
Copies of the survey, which were recently mailed to property owners near Assunpink Creek flood-pone areas, are also available on Hamilton Township’s website (www.HamiltonNJ.com), the Township’s Facebook account and at various Township government buildings, must be completed and returned to the Office of the Township Engineer, Richard S. Williams, located at 2090 Greenwood Avenue, Hamilton NJ, 08609, by Friday, June 15th.
Should the data indicate the economic feasibility of further studies; the officials will lobby for Assunpink Creek to be included in a future study of the Delaware River – a project funded jointly by both the federal and state government.
“We are asking any affected resident, business or owner of property near Assunpink Creek that has experienced flooding to take the time to complete this survey. The data compiled from these survey may be able to assist in future efforts to help mitigate flood damage in neighborhoods surrounding the Assunpink,” says Hamilton Township Mayor John Bencivengo.