LITTLE FALLS/WOODLAND PARK, NJ - As flood waters receded on Sunday, Aug. 12, residents and officials in the area began to clean up following the flash flooding that occurred.
Both Little Falls and Woodland Park mayors have declared a State of Emergency.
Department of Public Works crews were out in both towns cleaning the affected areas. Officials noted that clean up will take time and that residents have been asked to be patient.
“A special thanks to our entire OEM team, our Police Department, Fire Department, and our DPW crews who are doing an incredible job addressing this flood,” Little Falls Mayor James Damiano said.
Crews were seen out in the afternoon removing debris from the Peckman River at Little Falls Road and Main Street.
Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark also sent thanks to all the first responders, DPW crews, volunteers and staff for their “well carried out response to a very unpredictable flood situation yesterday and clean up efforts today.”
“None of this was easy and we have days of clean up ahead and required support for our residents and businesses impacted by flood waters,” he posted in a message to residents.
Local officials in both towns are putting resources together to help those in need. Kazmark noted that he spoke to Gov. Murphy and Sen Kristin Corrado and communicated with Assemblymen Christopher DePhillips and Kevin J. Rooney. Each, along with county officials have committed their full support in aiding both municipalities.
In Little Falls, the Jackson Park area of town is closed with the only access point being Jackson Ave. Access is restricted to residents and authorized personnel only.
The parking of vehicles on the following streets is prohibited until the State of Emergency is lifted: Hobson Avenue, Jackson Street, Harrison Street, Ryle Avenue, Madison Street, Oak Place, Willow Avenue, Cedar Street, Van Pelt Place, Grey Street, and Dewey Avenue.
Vehicles should be removed from these streets so as not to interfere with the maintenance and cleaning of the roadways. If vehicles are left in the roadway they will be towed.