Hoboken Braces for Major Storm: Mayor Bhalla Urges Residents to Stay Prepared

Hoboken Storm Advisory

Heavy Rainfall Expected in Hoboken: Mayor Bhalla Urges Residents to Prepare for Flooding

HOBOKEN, NJ – Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) have issued a warning to the residents of Hoboken in anticipation of a significant storm expected on Friday, Sept. 29. The National Weather Service predicts a heavy downpour of 5 to 7 inches, with potential rainfall reaching up to 14 inches in other parts of the tri-state region.

Mayor Bhalla said, “The City of Hoboken is preparing for what is expected to be a substantial storm with prolonged periods of heavy rainfall, which will likely cause flooding in low-lying areas of Hoboken,” he also stated “I encourage residents, especially those in garden level apartments, to take precautions ahead of the storm. I also encourage residents and visitors to avoid driving during periods of peak rainfall when possible. While our flood pumping stations are in operation and our resiliency parks are positioned to store water to the greatest extent possible, the prolonged severity of the weather could outpace the capacity of our infrastructure to keep rainwater off streets. I ask residents to please stay safe, check in on their neighbors, and exercise caution.”

The OEM has deployed barricades near flood-prone intersections and advises residents to steer clear of these areas. They have also reminded residents not to bypass barricades or venture into flooded zones. For reporting flooded intersections or blocked drain inlets, residents can contact the NHSA Hotline at (866) 689-3970.

In light of the expected flooding, the city of Hoboken has introduced a discounted parking rate of $5 for a 24-hour period at Garages B (28 Second St.) and D (215 Hudson St.) for residents with a valid Resident On-Street Parking Permit or Temporary Parking Permit. This offer will last until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, based on space availability. Additionally, Hoboken residents with disabilities can avail of the same discounted rate at the Midtown Garage (371 Fourth St.). However, it’s important to note that these garages often fill up quickly during major weather events.

The City has also announced the cancellation of all outdoor recreation programs scheduled for Sept. 29. As of now, indoor and weekend programs will proceed as planned.

Residents are encouraged to stay updated by following the Hoboken OEM Twitter page (@HobokenOEM), the City’s official Twitter (@CityofHoboken), and the Hoboken Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/Hoboken). For real-time alerts, sign up for the Nixle System at www.hobokennj.gov/alerts.

As the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season is ongoing until November 30, residents are advised to review their emergency plans. For more information and resources on emergency preparedness, visit the “Hoboken Ready” website at https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/hoboken-ready.