'Prepared for the worst, hoping for the best.' - Bound Brook officials work to prevent flooding with Isaias nearing

Department of Public Works crews worked around the clock to clear out storm drains.

News 12 Staff

Aug 3, 2020, 9:58 PM

Updated 1,355 days ago

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Bound Brook officials say they are more than prepared for what Isaias may bring.
They say there was some flooding when Tropical Storm Fay came through the area a few weeks ago, but they've been able to prepare even more this time around.
"We're prepared for the worst, hoping for the best," says Borough Administrator Hector Herrera. "We understand what DPW is doing, what the fire departing is doing, the rescue squad, the police department, to make sure we are all on the same days." 
Herrera says they only expect the Raritan River to crest at around 27 feet, which is sustainable, meaning they won't have to close the flood gates.
"If it gets to a certain point where the river is rising and there are still heavier rains to come, then they will contact us and we'll work through the decision,” he says.
While city officials don't expect the river to pose that much of a problem now, Herrera says it's good to be prepared and Public Works crews are working around the clock to clear out storm drains.
“When it gets to a point where there's too much water for the drains to handle, that's a different story, but as far as being prepared on our end, we're pretty confident we've done what we need to do,” he says.
Herrera also encourages residents to check the city's Facebook page for more information
The city will open the Emergency Operations Center at Borough Hall Tuesday if anyone needs assistance. 
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