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High Tide May Worsen Flooding in Hoboken

Sunday night marks one of the highest tides of the year, which could mean most of Hoboken will experience flooding.

The arrival of hurricane Irene could mean that close to 70 percent of Hoboken's streets will be under water during Sunday's predicted storm, according to a grim map of Hoboken's flood prone areas.

On top of rain and wind, the Hudson River's tide will be at 5.6 feet above sea level on Sunday night, said Executive Director of the North Hudson Sewage Authority Fred Pocci. Irene is supposed to arrive in our region around that time.

This is one of the highest tides of the year, Pocci explained. A low tide will return on Monday around 3:15 a.m., he said, at which point flood water will recede.

, and advised all residents to leave the shore.

For Hoboken, one worst case scenario could be if the water floods the harbor, Pocci said. This could impact Hoboken's terminal and cause flooding down in the PATH station.

but may be partially operational in October, Pocci said. Although he said that the pump will significantly improve flooding conditions in Hoboken, it's unclear how much exactly.

The pump will be in place to overcome the effects of high tides.

"It's not sure how effective it will be to dry up the whole town," Pocci said, "but it will help tremendously."

Pocci said that the NHSA has recommended multiple pumps be built in the city of Hoboken to relieve the entire flooding problem.

As far as the impending storm is concerned, Pocci said that two crews of NHSA workers will be ready to work after the storm is over to make sure the water recedes and catch basins are cleaned out.

The city released a map of areas of Hoboken that could experience flooding in the event of a hurricane. All streets west of Garden could be under water, according to the Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes model that the city is using.

Only Washington Street and the Stevens campus are high enough to keep residents' feet dry in the event of a hurricane, according to the city.

Pocci said that the lowest parts of town—and thus will likely experience the worst flooding this weekend—are First and Monroe Streets; Jackson Street in the area of Fourth Street and Second and Marshall Drive.

, because of the chance of flooding. An emergency center will be set up in the Wallace School. The City is currently offering $5 parking in the city's municipal garages for people with a parking permit. Free parking for residents in flood prone areas may be announced closer to the storm on Sunday.

The exact time of arrival of Irene is still unclear. As of Thursday afternoon, the hurricane was travelling at 14 miles per hour in the direction of Florida, according to the National Weather Service.

Other than preparing and cleaning out the facilities, Pocci said there is not much else to do but wait and see what happens.

"There’s nothing you can do when it hits," Pocci said, "all you can do is watch."

CheatingFive August 26, 2011 at 10:16 AM
As you can see The Queen's Mansion will be high and dry, however the Queen is not in residence this week. Apparently she is at her summer retreat with various members of her minion court.
Tiffany S August 26, 2011 at 04:13 PM
The city is urging residents to leave, but many businesses are staying open, forcing employees to stay in the area. It's difficult to leave town before the flooding starts when many businesses are taking the "wait and see approach". This is extremely frustrating.
Karen O'Shea August 26, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Its hard to believe that business' insist on staying open, it will be a ghost town.
Redrider765 August 26, 2011 at 04:28 PM
Greedy. I plan on ordering enough takeout early Saturday to last 3 days.
Karen O'Shea August 26, 2011 at 04:34 PM
I was thinking the same thing then I decided to leave!
Lance August 26, 2011 at 05:47 PM
A thiefs dream!
johnozed August 26, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Beth Mason has a mansion?
Karen O'Shea August 26, 2011 at 06:11 PM
GSP to close south of Exit 98 Friday Friday, August 26, 2011 Last updated: Friday August 26, 2011, 1:10 PM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Associated Press — About half of the Garden State Parkway will be closed to traffic Friday because of Hurricane Irene Gov. Chris Christie says the parkway's southbound lanes will be closed to traffic at Exit 98 in Wall Township beginning at 8 p.m. Traffic will be routed at that exit to Interstate 195 west. Christie says there's no reason to allow motorists to travel beyond that point. Christie urged people to evacuate the barrier islands in Atlantic, Cape May and ocean counties sooner rather than later to prevent traffic tie-ups. So glad I didn't rent for this week!!!
Karen O'Shea August 26, 2011 at 06:57 PM
I have yet to go to store oh no!
Lance August 26, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Nothing left so don't go now.
Lance August 26, 2011 at 07:12 PM
My wife with her crazy sense of humor wants to make hurricanes and have people over that aren't leaving town. incase you are interested here is the recipe. Ingredients: 2 oz light rum 2 oz dark rum 2 oz passion fruit juice 1 oz orange juice juice of a half a lime 1 Tbsp simple syrup 1 Tbsp grenadine orange slice and cherry for garnish Preparation: Squeeze juice from half a lime into shaker over ice. Pour the remaining ingredients into the cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.
Karen O'Shea August 26, 2011 at 07:13 PM
LOL thats a good drink
Lance August 26, 2011 at 07:16 PM
sure is. now lets hope the store still has those ingredients left.
speechlessinhoboken August 26, 2011 at 07:30 PM
FYI, all municipal garages were full as of last night...
speechlessinhoboken August 26, 2011 at 07:30 PM
oh, and no water in jersey city A&P, target, home depot
Karen O'Shea August 27, 2011 at 12:59 AM
Winds can level old or weakened buildings, blow out windows, uproot trees, cars and air conditioners, tear down power lines and signs and scatter roof tiles. That in and of itself will be chaotic, but high winds aren’t always the worst culprits. It’s often the windborne debris — the sign, the tree limb, the roof tiles — that causes widespread damage to high rises and store fronts. IF YOU HAVE ANY CRAP ON YOUR DECK OR TERRACE LIKE PLANTERS, OR HIBACHIS OR LOOSE AIR CONDITIONERS TAKE THEM IN. TAKE APART POOLS.

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