WELCOMING THE MAYORS COUNCIL ON RAHWAY RIVER WATERSHED FLOOD CONTROL; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 35
(House of Representatives - February 26, 2019)

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  WELCOMING THE MAYORS COUNCIL ON RAHWAY RIVER WATERSHED FLOOD CONTROL

  (Mr. MALINOWSKI asked and was given permission to address the House 
for 1 minute.)
  Mr. MALINOWSKI. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to welcome the Mayors 
Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control to Washington. They 
represent towns in and around New Jersey's Seventh District and are 
here to ask our help to stop the flooding that hurts thousands of 
people in our communities.
  For years, homeowners near the Rahway River have lived under the 
constant threat of flooding that devastates businesses and homes 
whenever there are heavy rains. The last major flood was in 2011, when 
Hurricane Irene ravaged the East Coast. The town of Cranford was the 
worst hit, with 1,600 homes sustaining damage worth $40 million.
  Our mayors have presented a proposed solution to the Army Corps of 
Engineers and are now asking for a feasibility study to be completed. 
This will get us one step closer to authorizing construction on the 
Rahway River Basin.
  Mr. Speaker, this is a solvable problem. We need to start now. I will 
do everything I can to support our mayors' call to action and expedite 
this process so that we do not have to be pulling people out of second-
floor windows in suburban New Jersey, so people up and down the Rahway 
River can feel safe in their homes.

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