Route 72 Storm Flooding Suggests Drainage Capacity Study

Jul 23, 2019
Photo by: Adrian Antonio The Ocean Acres section of Stafford Township during last week storm.

Unprecedented flooding in Stafford this month has claimed vehicles and left state Route 72 impassable. On July 18, the roadway in front of Element Restaurant was under a foot of water or more.

Stafford Township Administrator Matthew von der Hayden said parts of the township observed eight inches of precipitation in a 30-day time period. Given the rain events these past couple of weeks, the ground is saturated from all the water in a short period.

“In the short term, the township’s public works staff has continued to maintain the drainage and basin systems by cleaning the streets and cleaning out the inlets in the township. During the events, the township’s police department, public works and water and sewer departments are working to make sure the public stays safe – temporarily closing streets that are flooded, maintaining the drainage and water and sewer systems, maintaining traffic flow and helping the public that may be caught in the flooding.

“In the long term, the township engineer is looking at the drainage system to determine if added capacity may be incorporated to allow for more rainwater to go and flow through the system for these larger rain events.”  —V.F.

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