Is There a Disconnect Between the Borough and Its Residents?
Tell us what you think about this week's question
Fair Lawn resident Alexis Burke never received a call to evacuate her Bellair Avenue home before flood waters rose to the apron of her driveway Tuesday.
Her neighbors across the street, on the other hand, did receive an automated evacuation phone call.
"There's a disconnect between the management of Fair Lawn and its citizens," said Burke, who has lived on the street for 13 years and had never previously seen flood water reach her driveway. "They're not letting us as citizens make informed decisions."
She said she likely would not have evacuated even if warned, because she wanted to be around to mitigate damages, but said she wished the borough had at least informed her what she might be facing when she woke up Tuesday morning.
In your opinion, how has the borough's flood response been? Has it been excellent, just adequate or does anyone else feel there has been a disconnect in communication between the borough and Fair Lawn residents?
Emergency management coordinator Ira Marks said that if a resident who lives in a potential flood zone doesn't receive a warning call, it's either because their phone number is unlisted or their phone service provider is a cable company, like Cablevision or Verizon FiOs. He said that Verizon won't give out the numbers for such residences, except at a steep cost that the borough has elected not to pay.
If you didn't get a call this time, but want to get your phone number into the borough's hands in the future, you can give the Emergency Management Office a call and provide them your name, address and phone number.