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What to Do if Your Home Floods in Hoboken (or Anywhere)

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Hoboken is no stranger to serious flooding issues, and when it does, like Tropical Depression Ida this week, it’s a very scary thing for a variety of reasons. The first, of course, being the personal safety of yourself, your loved ones, pets, and neighbors. The second, of course, is the safety of your home and belongings — and damage from the flooding. To help, we’ve compiled some quick tips for you to refer to if you have the unfortunate situation of flooding in your home or business. Here’s what to do if your home floods in Hoboken + beyond. Bookmark this for later, and hope you never have to use it.

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If You Are in Danger/Life-Threatening Conditions

– Call the fire department if you need to be rescued
– Call the police/911 if any other emergency
– Evacuate the premises


Call the fire department and ask them to kill the power. It’s best to be safe with rising water, as water can breach the electrical outlets.

Make sure water isn’t hitting any electrical wires.

Things to Have on Hand if Possible

1. A Shop Vac – to get the water out.
2. A Portable Sump Pump – to plug in and suck some of the water out.
3. Camera/Phone to document damage
4. Flashlights
5. Rainboots and weather gear
6. Towels, buckets
7. Fans and dehumidifiers

Things to Do if You’re Safe but Have Flood Damage

1. Call the fire department ONLY if you’re worried about water hitting electricity or true safety concerns.
2. Set your alarm to go off every few hours and go into the flooded area and ShopVac the water.
3. Contact your landlord if you rent. 
4. Document the damage
5. Contact your insurance company about the damage (it’s good to do this whether you rent or own).
6. Call a flood remediation specialist if needed.
7. Start the cleanup process. Here’s article from the Red Cross that may be helpful
8. Prevent mold damage. Keep areas that flooded as dry as possible, and treat potential problem areas with a strong cleaner, like a bleach solution. FEMA has some helpful tips for mold and mildew in your flood-damaged home.

The Mold Issue

According to FEMA, if your home has water damage due to flooding, sewage backup, or any other water-related incidents, mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure.

Even worse, it will continue to grow until steps are taken to eliminate the source of moisture, and effectively deal with the mold problem. Click here for more info.

Please share this with anyone that you think will benefit from flood safety tips, and stay safe!

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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. With deep entrepreneurial roots in Hudson County — as her grandparents owned textile businesses on Tonnelle Ave in North Bergen dating back to the 50s — she started the site as a Hoboken resident to discover the amazing things happening in the area. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her two pups, or watching Bravo TV and ordering takeout with her husband.