Oakland residents along the Ramapo River live in fear of flooding
Residents in Oakland that live along the Ramapo River say a project by the Army Corps of Engineers is causing major flooding in their neighborhood.
The Army Corps of Engineers has been working on a project to ease the flooding of the Ramapo River. In the first phase the river was widened and redirected. The bridge was also replaced. The second phase entails installing floodgates at the Pompton Dam. Residents say that is causing the river to stay high, which results in major flooding during rain storms.
One resident said after getting over an inch of rain, there was 18 inches of rain in the street which remained for four days. Neighbors have suggested installing high volume water pumps to help move the water over the dam. The Army Corps of Engineers says that won?t help. The agency said it is working to have a viable solution in place by the end of March.