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Camden mayor working on a plan to address increased flooding issues

December 07, 2018 - 11:40 am

CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) -- The Mayor of Camden wants to address a growing problem in his city. Street flooding is getting worse.

Frank Moran concedes the city’s sewer system is old, and not in the best of shape.

“Our combined sewer system is at a point that is in dire need of separation and repairs wherever we can get it done,” he told KYW Newsradio. “It’s a costly effort and the city doesn’t have the resources to do so.”

The recent run of heavy rain has exposed the need for greater capacity, since the flooding has gone beyond what drivers are used to along the Admiral Wilson Boulevard to parts of 676 and streets around both areas.

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“We can put together a plan as we put the right folks in the office in position to make the determination as to what it is that we need to do,” Moran added.

That plan could take years and cost tens of millions of dollars. The sewers are old and brick built, so they’re crumbling due to age.

Camden, while on the rebound from a business standpoint, would be hard pressed to afford to take on such a massive project on its own.