Bloomsburg Wants Flood Protection
Officials with the Flood Protection Authority in Bloomsburg say they've heard that lawmakers are on their side when it comes to getting a flood wall or levy system, but instead of hearing words, they want to see action.
Employees at Rieter Automotive North America are still cleaning up after last months flood. During the Flood of 2011, they had about six feet of water on their manufacturing floor. They lost countless dollars worth of equipment and inventory.
Jim Nemeth with Rieter Automotive says, "This surpassed the record in 1904 and it was I think 13 inches higher than 1972 Agnes flood."
As one of the largest employers in Bloomsburg, officials say there is one thing they need to guarantee success in their low lying location.
"The supply chain in the automotive industry is very tight and when we're down like this, it creates all sorts of problems with trying to keep out customers supplied. I think a flood wall is absolutely critical to our long term success and we've been very active trying to get the flood wall up," explains Nemeth.
Paul Reichert is a member of the Bloomsburg Flood Protection Authority. He says a flood wall would cost over 50 million dollars and the only way they could afford it is with the help of the Federal Government. He says there's no better time than now. "This should give us the chance of a lifetime. If we don't get it now we won't see it in my lifetime."
Officials with the Flood Protection Authority hope to sit down with elected leaders soon to turn up the heat for federal funding.