HARDWICK TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – Authorities in Warren County are working with Hardwick Township, the Ridge and Valley Conservancy, and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to find a solution to the flooding on County Route 659 in Hardwick, Freeholder Director Jason J. Sarnoski said.
The flooding on the county road, also known as Spring Valley Road, is due to record high precipitation over the past year.
Until a solution is found, the road will have to be closed to all through traffic, Sarnoski said.
Motorists should use Millbrook Road (County Route 602) to Blairstown and Stillwater Road (County Route 521) as detours to avoid the flooded section of Spring Valley Road.
“It’s going to take time to assure that any action taken does not affect additional property owners, roads, or governmental entities,” Sarnoski said.
As much as 12 million gallons of water is inundating the area, Sarnoski noted.
“We are actively working on finding a short-term solution as quickly as possible,” Sarnoski said, as well as pursuing long-term resolution in the future.
In the short term, officials re looking at methods to remove the water from the road as soon as possible but the reality is the ground is saturated and every rain event will prolong the situation. In the long term, officials are reviewing solutions that will eliminate road flooding in the future but all options on the table (pumping, drainage systems, porta dams, sand bags, road raising) involve planning, time and high cost.