Monday, April 23, 2007

Flooding Fact Sheet

Why does your basement flood?
The sewer system in the Hamilton Park area is over 100-years old. The sewers throughout downtown Jersey City have been allowed to disintegrate over many years of neglect. In the past Jersey City has only made repairs in response to regulatory directives and to promote development.

Downtown is serviced by a Combined Sewer system, which means that raw sewage and storm water are combined in the same sewer pipe. When it rains the collapsed or broken, undersized pipes backup (surcharge) and a combination of storm water and sewage floods into your basement.

It should be clear that the flooding is NOT due to the following:
• “Regional Groundwater Conditions;
• “Below Sea Level”
• “High Tides”
• “Underground Rivers”