Special meeting planned to address Bay Head flooding

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Bay Head experienced severe flooding last weekend. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

BAY HEAD — The Bay Head Environmental Commission [BHEC] will hold a special meeting in response to the back-bay flooding that left multiple roads throughout the borough impassable this past weekend.   

The meeting, open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in borough hall at 83 Bridge Ave. It will also be streamed virtually; to access the link, visit www.bayheadnj.org.  

Borough resident Rick McGoey will give a presentation summarizing the findings of the BHEC flooding sub-committee. The topics of discussion will be types and causes of flooding in the municipality, including nuisance flooding, major flooding and catastrophic flooding. Additional matters addressed will be flood-prone locations, a five-step action plan of flood mitigation activities, data collection and flood analysis reports. Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer session open to the public. 

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The Bay Head Police Department immediately responded to the flooding, which began Thursday afternoon by closing Bridge Avenue in the center of town, along with portions of Osborne Avenue and Lake Avenue, stated William A. Hoffman, Bay Head Chief of Police. 

Streets in the borough were reopened on Friday morning, but heavy rainfall on Friday evening led to another closure that began Saturday morning at 3 a.m., lasting until Sunday afternoon. 

Bay Head Police officers, along with The Department of Public Works, assisted in placing barricades on the local streets that needed to be completely closed down, Chief Hoffman said. 

“Bridge Avenue was closed down for almost 36 hours straight. That’s definitely the most flooding we’ve seen since [Superstorm] Sandy,” he said.                                                   

Councilwoman Diane Cornell stated during Monday evening’s borough council meeting, “I highly encourage everybody, especially after this past weekend, to tune in and get some information on it.”

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