Overnight soaker adds to flooding worries in New Jersey

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Sunday, January 14, 2024
22 streets in Paterson still closed due to flooding
Anthoyn Carlo has the latest from Paterson.

NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- Several areas across New Jersey were left inundated with coastal flooding in the aftermath of Friday night's additional round of rain.

Rescue crews were busy in Edgewater, where high water left cars stranded and residents unable to leave buildings in the area.

Occupants struggled to exit a local Comfort Inn due to high water.

It was a similar scene in Hoboken, where Councilman Paul Presinzano shared a video to social media of high tide raising water levels.

Friday night's additional rain also adds to anxiety for residents near the Passaic River after it overflowed for the second time in three weeks, sending water rushing into neighborhoods.

Rescue crews evacuated people from their homes as flood waters rose in Paterson and Little Falls on Friday after the river breached its banks the day before.

NewsCopter 7 was over Paterson on Friday morning as crews helped three people escape the rising flood waters.

John Del Giorno has the exclusive.

Paterson and Little Falls residents are feeling both pain and pressure from those high flood waters, which have spilled into their backyards, basements, and streets.

Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh says 22 streets remain closed on Saturday. He urges people to not drive into the water -- they have had to make at least two more rescues in dangerous situations because people bypassed road closures.

"Yesterday we had 12 rescue operations. You had localized flooding and you had people disregarding the barricades and driving into the water. Turn around, don't drown. That's what has to happen amongst individuals who choose to drive in this climate," Sayegh said.

Over in Little Falls, water streamed down local streets there in low-lying areas, even submerging cars underwater. Officials say it is extremely dangerous for residents to try driving through high water levels.

"As of this year this is the second time it's been this bad," said one resident.

Other residents in the area say this is the worst flooding they've seen since Hurricane Ida.

"You wake up, the electricity is shot. Now you gotta wait for them to repair the electricity," said Robert Brown. "You're in a hotel. It's very inconvenient."

Of course, this all comes weeks after Tuesday's major winter storm dumped a dose of rain heavy enough to prompt those concerns about crest levels.

Raegen Medgie is in Wayne, NJ with the story.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has announced help would be on the way in the form of $10 million in funding to elevate or buy out flood insured properties most heavily impacted by flooding last month.

"We're going to turn over every stone we can," Murphy said on Thursday. "Whether it's state money, county perhaps."

The Red Cross has established a shelter at Little Falls Civic Center for those in need.


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