HUDSON COUNTY - Both Hoboken and Jersey City are busy preparing for the impacts of Tropical Storm Isaias, predictions have it bearing down on our region Tuesday afternoon.
As reported earlier, Hoboken has implemented travel restrictions between 8:00 a.m. Tuesday and 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, as a way to ensure residents have time to relocate vehicles that may be parked in flooding zones. Residents are asked to avoid non-essential driving during that period of time.
A full driving ban will be in place from 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, meaning only first responders and essential workers will be allowed on the roads. Restrictions have been put into place to keep roads clear for emergency vehicles and prevent cars from getting stuck in flood waters. A storm on July 22 saw drivers climbing onto the roofs of their cars to avoid flood waters, while vital intersections in and out of town were choked with stalled vehicles overwhelmed by the flooding.
In both Hoboken and Jersey City, municipal workers have deployed barricades to over 30 locations citywide to divert traffic around identified flood prone areas. Crews have also been out cleaning catch basins to maintain proper drainage.
Residents and business owners have been asked to remove or properly secure any outdoor items that can exacerbate hazardous conditions during strong winds and flash flooding.
Isaias is currently expected to bring sustained 40-50 mph winds and 3-6 inches of rainfall Tuesday afternoon and evening. Residents should report downed wires or power outages by calling PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).
Residents are asked to stay sheltered during the peak impacts of the storm. Hoboken has officially suspended its street cleaning for Tuesday, August 4, but will resume Wednesday August 5 to facilitate cleanup from the storm. There has been no official announcement from Jersey City regarding its street cleaning directives.