PEARL RIVER - A new task force is looking at ways to prevent future flooding that could affect two counties, one in New York and one in New Jersey.

With Lake Tappan directly behind them, Rockland and Bergen counties share the problem of flooding during heavy rains. New York State Sen. David Carlucci, along with state and local politicians from both counties, announced that a planned flood mitigation task force representing New York and New Jersey can now move forward.

New York State has committed $100,000 to the effort. The task force will be made up of volunteers from Rockland and Bergen counties, their mission being to develop a comprehensive, long-term plan to tackle flooding that spreads during massive rain storms.

Burt Dahm, of West Nyack, says the task force is part of the answer homeowners have been looking for.