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Lake Oceanport Fix Will Begin This Week

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OCEANPORT: A remedy to a longstanding flooding issue in the borough will begin this week.

"On June 14, Conrail's contractor will start doing a remediation of Lake Oceanport," Borough Administrator Ray Poerio announced at the June 8 Oceanport Council meeting.

Locals have dubbed the flooded site on Main Street as Lake Oceanport; an area that has been a problem since Conrail removed the old rail line many years ago. In 2015, Conrail came in and remediated the areas of contamination that they had identified in a project that crossed five different streets from Main Street to Pemberton, crossing over to Port Au Peck and Crescent Place and ending up at the intersection of Springfield and Oceanport Avenue.

Poerio said that after the project was completed, some flooding issues with arose between Main Street and Pemberton Avenue, the area referred to as Lake Oceanport. The pooled water also becomes a breeding ground for mosquito in the warmer months.

Earlier this year, the borough dropped the level of a runoff pipe to improve drainage. This helped improve the flooding, but Conrail will take the final step now that they have received a wetland modification permit from the DEP. The contractor will be reshaping the culvert from Main Street to Pemberton to allow for the water to flow into the catch basin on Pemberton.

Poerio credited former councilman Stuart Briskey for helping fight to resolve the issue with Lake Oceanport.

"Councilman Briskey had one pet peeve, this was his pet peeve," Poerio said. "I give him all the credit in the world for his due diligence in getting this to happen."

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