The City of Hoboken has sent out multiple Nixle alerts to residents warning about the likelihood of flash floods as tropical storm Ida passes through Hoboken and the tri-state region. The latest alert, sent out on August 31st, stated that the flash flood watch begins at 8AM on September 1st through September 2nd and that discounted parking will be available. It also warned to avoid flood-prone intersections. As many of us know, Hoboken is flood-prone, even with normal rainfall — so better safe than sorry.
The National Weather Service is currently predicting intermittent showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5PM for September 1st, along with heavy gusts of winds.
“The remnants of Tropical Depression Ida will pass near the region Wednesday night through Thursday and heavy rainfall causing flash flooding is expected. A widespread 3-5 inches of rain is forecast, with locally higher amounts likely. Any intense rainfall of greater than 0.8 inches per hour may result in flash flooding in low-lying areas,” the Nixle alert stated.
No travel restrictions as of now
As of now, Mayor Bhalla and OEM Coordinator Sgt. William Montanez have not instituted travel restrictions. If such restrictions do go into effect, driving is prohibited except for public safety and essential services (government, utilities, medical personnel).
Residents should move cars from flood-prone intersections and streets
OEM advises residents parked in flood hazard areas of the City, which correspond to the regions in red in the attached map, and especially in flood-prone intersections identified in the map, to relocate cars to parking garages or higher elevations. If the storm is greater than a 50-year flooding event, the majority of streets in Hoboken, especially west of Garden Street, could flood.
Link to flood hazard areas and flood-prone intersections: https://arcg.is/byyWz
Reduced pricing garage parking available
Due to the predicted storm, a rate of $5 per 24-hour period is being offered in Garages B (28 2nd Street) and D (215 Hudson Street) to residents with a valid Resident On-Street Parking Permit or Temporary Parking Permit, beginning at 9AM on Wednesday, September 1st through 5PM. Thursday, September 2nd.
In addition, Hoboken residents with either handicapped license plates or hangtags can park in the Midtown garage at 371 4th Street at the same reduced rate, but the City recommends parking in Garage B and Garage D as access to the Midtown garage will be limited at certain times on Wednesday due to ongoing milling operations. Garage space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Regular rates apply at other times.
If municipal parking garages fill up, residents with vehicles parked in flood hazard areas are encouraged to utilize private garages. Rates and locations of private garages can be found on websites including parkwhiz.com or spothero.com. The parking garage at Newport Mall is also an option for Hoboken residents.
Street sweeping will occur as scheduled on Wednesday, but it will be suspended on Thursday.
Prepare for the worst-case scenario
Given the potential for heavy flooding and power outages due to heavy winds, residents should take the precautions of obtaining enough water and food, including non-perishable goods, for at least 72 hours. Residents should also have flashlights and batteries available.
Please secure loose objects
With high winds projected, residents and property owners should secure or bring in all unsecured objects from outdoor locations including balconies, including lawn chairs, and tables. Garbage cans should be secured or tied down to prevent litter on the streets.
Flood preparations for businesses and residential properties
Any businesses or residential properties on ground or basement levels should utilize any deployable flood protection measures including sandbags, if available, to mitigate potential flood damage.
Learn about Hoboken’s efforts to mitigate rainfall flooding.