With Sandy still making its way to the Garden State, the Pompton and Passaic Rivers were actually below their high water marks, literally calm before the storm. However, Paterson Mayor Jeffery Jones, whose city was ravaged by Irene last year, wasn’t taking any chances. He detailed the potential hazards.
“Anything that’s a high building, anything that’s on a ridge, anything that’s half developed, all those become issues, and that’s just the wind side,” said Jones. “If the wind starts to topple trees and take down power lines, that’s another set of circumstances. And then if we get torrential rains and we see some flooding someplace, then we go into flood recovery mode.”
As we moved east, just outside of Secaucus, in Hudson County, the Hackensack River was starting to swell, spilling into nearby industrial areas.
Just after midday in Hoboken and while the wind has been a problem, the rain is starting to pick up. The Hudson River has swollen and it looks pretty angry. It’s already breached a wall here and flooded Lackawanna Plaza. Officials in the city say that this, is just the beginning.
We saw some ships on the water that seemed to be having a rough time, even as some ferry service continued.
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