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Mandatory Evacuations in Hoboken, Cars Must Be Moved

All Hoboken residents are urged to move their cars, heavy flooding is expected.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer has called for a mandatory evacuation of all basement and ground floor apartments by midnight Sunday, in preparation of Hurricane Sandy.

Additionally, all patients were evacuated from the Hoboken University Medical Center and sent to nearby hospitals. The hospital's back up generator could flood, which could have disastrous effects in case of a power outage. During hurricane Irene last year, the hospital was also evacuated.

On Sunday night, flooding had already started by the terminal—where all train service was suspended as of Sunday night—"much more to be expected," city officials said.

Surges as high as eight feet are expected, Zimmer said, encouraging people to move their cars. If flooded, cars will get totaled. Heavy flooding is expected during Sandy.

"Reach out to neighbors," Zimmer said. During Irene, "so many people stayed together."

The city has been reaching out to Hoboken's seniors to inform them on the upcoming storm. There will be back up generators in the shelter in the Wallace School, Zimmer said.

"We're closing down Sinatra Drive," Zimmer said. All cars should be removed from Sinatra Drive effective immediately, said spokesman Juan Melli.

There will be an operation center open in Hoboken City Hall, Zimmer announced. For non-emergencies, residents can call 201-239-6644, -6645, -6645, -6647 or -6648.

An emergency shelter will be opened on Sunday night at 8 p.m. in the Wallace School, where medical personnel will be present.

Widespread power outages are expected, Zimmer said, which could affect our area for up to a week.

"Water is running out in the stores," Zimmer said. People should be ready to "stay inside for the next couple of days."

Zimmer encouraged people to fill up their bath tubs, bottles and zip loc bags with water.

City Hall will be closed on Monday, as will all Hoboken public schools. PATH trains in and out of Hoboken will stop running as of midnight on Monday and New Jersey Transit service will end on Monday as well.

Daniel Toma October 28, 2012 at 09:26 PM
"All Hoboken residents are urged to move their cars" Where? Outer space? Where should *all* Hoboken residents move our cars?
green October 28, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Is this from last year? It's talking about Irene.
tburns October 28, 2012 at 09:59 PM
The Edison Parking lot in Secaucus at 15X has spaces ($20 per day). It is an easy 10 minute ride back to Hoboken on NJ Transit and well worth the effort to make sure that your car does not get flooded. Best wishes; stay safe.
johnozed October 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM
1) they've been suggesting using the garages to park the cars. The rate is about $5.00 during the storm. http://hoboken.patch.com/articles/as-hoboken-prepares-for-sandy-no-mandatory-evacuations-path-service-suspended-shelter-open 2) They mentioned Irene, but this is about Sandy. 3) Re: parking in Secaucus- NJ Transit says it will implement gradual system-wide shutdown, starting at 4 p.m. Sunday. Check before you go.
davidd October 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM
The article is hacked from press release. Here is the relevant bit Due to the potential for flooding, the City of Hoboken is providing discounted parking at the rate of $5 per day in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River streets) beginning Sunday, October 28th at 8pm through Tuesday, October 30th at 8pm for residents who reside in flood prone areas and have a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard.
Ben October 29, 2012 at 01:00 AM
9 pm Sunday night, all lots with above ground parking in Hoboken are now full.
Ben October 29, 2012 at 01:04 AM
the main areas you should not be parked in during this storm can be seen on the flood map http://www.hobokennj.org/departments/environmental-services/storm-flood-zones/

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