AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE IDA
The Visitor Center of the Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway was closed until April 2022 following the historic flooding caused by Hurricane Ida in September 2021. The D&R Canal bridge tender’s house at 2 Griggstown Causeway was inundated with five feet of water on the first floor when the Millstone River reached 23.4 feet at Griggstown, the second highest level ever recorded.
MVP Coalition volunteers saved many antiques, photographs, and records by moving them upstairs. Immediately after floodwaters receded, volunteers cleaned away mud and dried out floors and walls to minimize mold. Still, it will take months of restoration work before the building can be opened to the public. Donations to assist with the restoration can be sent to us at our Rocky Hill PO Box.
Despite the closing, we participated in the Somerset County’s Journey through the Past weekend on October 9 and 10 by putting up a tent in front of the building to offer maps, brochures, and answers to questions from the public. It was the perfect opportunity to take our self-guided driving tour.