Borough of Middlesex homeowners say often-overflowing creek continues to erode their properties
As the threat of another heavy storm looms, some residents in the Borough of Middlesex are on edge as an often-overflowing creek continues to erode their properties.
Ken Beck, who has lived on Heather Lane for 17 years, said his property has been undercut about 15 to 20 feet. He believes that it’s due in part to a pump station and flood wall built about eight years ago diverting the flow of the water.
“To stop a wall when you have a curve doesn’t make much sense. You think you would follow through the curve and then at least project the water into the flood plain,” said Beck. “Instead, we have the water coming directly into a residential neighborhood.”
He said the wall stops about 200 feet away from his home.
News 12 reached out to the Army Corps of Engineers regarding this concern and hasn’t heard back.
Beck has called on state and federal officials and agencies for funding to help alleviate his concerns but said it hasn’t been fruitful.
Gov. Phil Murphy’s office referred News 12 to the DCA. Requests to the EPA also haven’t been answered.
“Every time it rains, whether it’s small or big, we’re stuck looking out the window and hoping that we have a house,” said Beck. “Hopefully this evening, we don’t lose much more. We don’t have much to go.”
Beck said the mayor and council have done what they can to help him. They recently approved a plan to blaze about 200 barriers in the stream to help stabilize the bank.
“This is not a lot to ask. This is probably a $15 million project for the gabby and basket,” said Mayor John Madden. “We can’t do much of that. We can only do bank replenishment and stabilization for only these two properties. There’s a thousand linear feet that needs to be fixed. Are we going to wait for something really bad to happen? Until someone dies? I hate to say this.”