The “President Avenue Lake,” as some resident facetiously refer to it, has been the long-time target of borough officials who have been seeking solutions to flooding problems on the bayside.
In Lavallette, President Avenue has had a long-term flooding issue, and officials say they are now zeroing in on what work needs to be done to put an end to it for good. The installation of check valves on outfall pipes is a major reason so much water ends up on the roadway. The valves, however, are deactivated at the moment.
“The county did talk to the contractor regarding the check valves,” said Borough Administrator Robert Brice. “They’ve been unable to reactivate the check valves, trying to catch the right low tide. It should be soon.”
“Abnormally low tide elevations” have kept crews from being able to work on the valves.
The recent nor’easter also damaged portions of a new outfall pipe that was installed by the county recently. Brice said cross-beams that go “piling-to-piling” were damaged, likely because of ice.
Each municipality in Ocean County gets one meeting with the county’s engineer each year as a matter of policy. Brice said he will focus his requests this year on flooding in and near West Point Island.