Lodi braces for possible flooding

March 12, 2010 8:21:24 PM PST
Lodi, New Jersey residents are preparing for possible flooding with heavy rain predictedLodi Emergency Management will be keeping a sharp eye on the Saddle river, as it always does, when heavy rain is expected and snow in up river towns start melting quickly raising the water level.

"At 5 feet, we call the alarm, at 6 feet that's when we really get concerned," said Bob Casiello, of Lodi OEM.

The Saddle river cuts straight through town, all along the banks is flood zone, as for years, the locals have seen it breached in heavy storms.

"I don't think it's supposed to get bad, it's good now. But it's going to get worse! It is? Then we have to be concerned," said Guia Reyes, a Lodi resident.

The stretch of bank around the boys club is usually the first area in town to go under when the Saddle spills over.

"The water comes from higher county, and fills this space up, it can go above my head," said another resident.

Emergency management here has ramped up its crews, though no extra personnel is on call yet.

Flood gear and 3 rescue boats are ready to go.

The OEM doesn't think it will get bad enough this go round to bring it all out, at least while just 5 to 7 inches of rain are expected, or less, if mother nature and some recent flood repairs are forgiving.

"As long as it doesn't get colder or snow, I can deal with the rain," said Ray Simoes, a Lodi resident.