March 14th, 2011
As reported on WABC two nights ago, widespread flooding continues its annual occurrence through much of New Jersey. Local residents being interviewed on New York’s WABC Eleven O’Clock Eyewitness News stated that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had repeatedly (year-over-year) promised to remedy the water/dam controls that have apparently added to the flooding misery in the affected region. To date, no repairs appear to be on the horizon.
Surely one must begin to wonder – given all the waterway calamities of the last several decades, if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is merely another entity on the long list of inept Federal government agencies? Clearly, it appears that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been on hiatus on a never-ending government/taxpayer funded boondoggle throughout the agency’s recent existence. Given no reported official statement from the Corps of Engineers on this matter, we can then only guess.
From the article:
“NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- Water in northern New Jersey is slowly receding, but much of the region remained under water.
In Paterson, the Passaic River continues to spill into the streets, and a bridge was completely consumed. Homes along the Pompton River are still surrounded by water, while homes in Fairfield remain submerged.
A number of residents remain in shelters, and the situation doesn't look like it will get any better until at least midweek.
The floodwater may be slowly receding, but it's going to take much longer for life to start returning to normal. And residents know this will not be the last time.
"So it's like, do you want to live like this all the time?" Little Falls resident Joe Hida said. "It's very difficult to even watch this."
Emergency officials say it will be Tuesday at the earliest before anyone is allowed home in Little Falls. School was canceled there Monday, as well as in Paterson and Woodland Park.”
As I have repeatedly blogged: REBUILD OUR NATION’S CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE!!! Or, REPEAL THE ELEVENTH (11th) AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. FEDERAL CONSTITUTION and make our governments liable for their neglect and incompetence. Our government may not be able to stop natural disasters, but it can darn well better prepare for such – given all the money the government supposedly spends to these ends and towards such goals!
Adam Vernon Trotter, P.E. / AVT
Rivers slow to recede in New Jersey
Repeal the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Federal Constitution