- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Department officials have announced three options to help communities along New Jersey’s Passaic River Basin deal with flooding.

But it will take time and money before officials whittle the plans down to a final comprehensive flood risk management project.

Officials will consider diverting flood water from the basin through a tunnel to Newark Bay. Such a plan was authorized by Congress in 1990.

Another plan would combine levees and floodwalls with buyouts, flood-proofing and raising homes.

The final option is to elevate homes and to use buyouts without large-scale construction projects.

Flooding has plagued the Passaic River Basin, which flows through Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union counties.

Three public hearings will be held on the plans, beginning March 25th.

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