the north-central part of the State, which received seven to eleven inches of rain in less than 24 hours. The main stem of the
Raritan River at Bound Brook set a new peak of record on 9/17/99 at 42.13 feet. This is the highest stage since at least 1800.
flooding in that area. Data was gathered from information at the ESRI site, specifically using TIGER street files, 1990 census
data by block and block group, along with other files that contain relevant features, such as roads and rivers. Please note that
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Bound Brook is bordered by two water bodies on its western
and southern borders. To the south lies the Delaware and
Raritan Canal as well as the Raritan River. On its western
face lies Middle Brook.
The majority of the flooding occurred in the southern
regions of Bound Brook. The green line visible in the
diagram represents the 100 year flood plain, which is also an
accurate representation of the area that was flooded. This
area can be analyzed based upon ethnicity (African
American, Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, and American
Indian), age and economic factors such as aggregate value
and mean rent.
As stated previously, the population of Bound Brook is a conglomerate of a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The diversity in
ethnicity is what makes Bound Brook unique. Unfortunately, during the flooding, all of the different ethnic groups were
endangered. The following maps show the ethnic distribution of Bound Brook residents affected by the flood.
As you can see, all of the
ethnic groups in Bound
Brook were affected by
the flood, some more so
than others. The chart on
the left breaks down the
ethnic distribution of the
flood victims. The
majority of the flood
victims were Caucasian,
followed by Hispanics.
This graph represents the percentage of
each ethnic group affected by the
flooding. For example, 64% of the total
Hispanic population and 41% of the
total Caucasian population of Bound
Brook were affected by the flooding
caused by Hurricane Floyd.
As seen in the map to the left, twenty
one to eighty one persons within the
floodplain were under the age of
Next, we see that 63 to 215 persons affected
by the flooding were between the ages of
eighteen to sixty five years old.
Finally, twelve to twenty persons
within the floodplain affected were
above the age of sixty five years old.
In the flooding caused by
Hurricane Floyd, the majority of
those affected were between the
ages of 18 to 65. One conclusion
that can be drawn from this graph
is that the hardest hit age group
were those who were already
settled, or were in the process of
portion of the population will have
the most difficult time
rebuilding their lives.
This graph represents the
percentage of each age group
affected by the flooding.
This map exhibits the range of mean rent in the Bound
Brook area. In the areas most affected by the flood, the
mean rent was between $528 to $575. This conclusion
implies that the area most affected was occupied by the
people with smaller incomes than in other areas of Bound
Note: All conclusions made in this report were based upon data taken from within the 100 year floodplain. Though this data
provides insight upon the extent of the damage done by Hurricane Floyd, it is only preliminary data. Official data has yet to
be published, and further analysis can take place when such data is released.