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Reducing Our Risk
Organization: Borough of Spring Lake
Over the past few years, the Borough of Spring Lake, New Jersey has had flooding problems in the Wreck Pond (South end) of the Borough. After a heavy rain storm, rain water will flow from the West towards Wreck Pond before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. The current outflow pipe to the ocean is not sufficent to handle the high volume of water. As a result, the water "backs up" and floods the homes surrounding the Wreck Pond.
In order the rectify this situation, the Bourough of Spring Lake installed "Sluice gates" to control the water flow. Dredging of the Pond will take place in the near future and the Borough is working to have an additional outflow pipe from Wreck Pond installed. The cost of the outflow pipe is estimated to be $4.3 million. In the meanwhile, if a storm approaches, the Borough now digs a temporary trench to allow the excess rain water for the Pond into the Ocean.