While the official declaration of emergency that is needed for government relief is not yet in hand, Bedminster Township has already tallied $65,000 as a preliminary estimate of damage from the torrential rain and subsequent flooding from Hurricane Ida on Sept. 1.
The assessment was announced by Township Manager Rich Schilling during his monthly report at the Sept. 8 public board of supervisors meeting. He added the number was sure to go up as more damage was accounted for, especially to the township’s bridges.
Police Chief Matt Phelan praised his officers for meeting the emergency, including overtime, as they responded to dozens of distress calls. He noted there were a few situations where there was not much they could do, in particular due to their lack of boats.
During his regular monthly report, Phelan noted that his department’s ongoing traffic enforcement initiative was presently resulting in about 60 actions per month, for an average of about one citation each day, plus an average of about one warning each day, as officers balance confronting threats to public safety with exercising appropriate leniency.