HOBOKEN - Tropical Storm Fay formed quickly off the coast of the Carolinas Thursday, but after rolling through New Jersey all day Friday the impacts of the storm will not be soon forgotten.
In low-lying costal areas like Hoboken, roads quickly turned into rivers as 2.8 inches of rain dropped on the Mile Square City. Social media footage showed dramatic scenes of flash floods all across the city.
According to the Hoboken Police Department, vehicles became stuck in flood waters at 2nd & Clinton Streets, 14th & Madison, 1st & Harrison, 9th & Monroe, Observer & Henderson, Marshall & Paterson Plank Road. Sources say most of those incidents involve drivers who disregarded barriers that hat been put up by responding officers.
Fay's track was similar to Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, in that it made landfall in New Jersey at Little Egg Harbor just before 5 p.m. on Friday before rolling up the coastline—smack into Hoboken. Thankfully the storm missed the high tides on the Hudson River. Nevertheless, homeowners were still pummeled by water as Hoboken's mitigation systems were once again overwhelmed by the volume of rainfall.
"Yesterday we had over 4 inches of rain in our house," said a homeowner in the city's 5th Ward, "the worst flooding since we moved here. Our neighbors had it too."
Furthermore, a large tree was uprooted and blew down near 36 Newark Street, which was handled by the Hoboken Fire Department. No injuries were reported.
Hoboken's long-term flood mitigation plans are currently in the process of being implemented. Pumps have been installed, while rain gardens and resiliency parks are part of an ongoing effort to fortify the City of Hoboken against just such occurrences. Hoboken's 5-acre NW park is currently under construction, and will be capable of holding 2 million gallons of rainwater runoff. In February 2019, the City pledged that it would fix chronic, costly flooding near ShopRite. Last night, that area saw some of the worst flooding in town, as the densely populated city still remains perilously exposed to significant rain events.
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