Aftermath of Hurricane Irene
Posted in the Milltown Forum
#1 Nov 9, 2011
The Milltown council and the town engineer had TWO opportunities to work out a mitigation plan with FEMA but walked away from it when asked to scale down the proposal they submitted.
Milltown would have only been required to pay 25% of the cost as FEMA would have picked up the rest.
The lives of 7000 residents lie in the hands of our local government, who didn't even have a disaster plan for displaced residents. Every other town has annual drills. Is there a drill schedule for Milltown? If so, why did the displaced Mill residents have no place to go?
Why do we not have a contract in place for portable generators that can be attached to the grid to supply the town in the event of emergencies like Hurricane Irene? The Hess station embarassed us all by having one installed within 24 hours, yet one unamed councilman claimed "someone" was supposed to bring generators but backed out. This is either lies or gross incompetence that cost residents thousands of dollars. Are they telling us there was no backup plan?
We can only hope the council learned from these mistakes, develop better plans, stop pursuing money-wasting development/firehouse projects, and concentrate on fixing what is broken and restore us to the best little town in Middlesex county.
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