Hoboken State of Emergency Lifted; Mayor Bhalla Praises Cleanup Crews

Hoboken storm response

Hoboken State of Emergency Lifted Following Recent Storm; Mayor Commends Cleanup Efforts

Images of crew clean up were obtained through a twitter post made by Ravi Bhalla, The Mayor of Hoboken.

HOBOKEN — In the wake of the recent storm that swept through Hoboken, Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla took to Twitter to acknowledge the tireless efforts of the city’s cleanup crews. “Crews have been out since the early morning hours clearing debris and cleaning roads and sidewalks,” Mayor Bhalla tweeted. He expressed his gratitude to the environmental services team and the Hoboken Fire Department, stating they went “above and beyond for our city.” The Mayor also extended his thanks to all emergency personnel for their round-the-clock response during the storm.

Following the storm’s aftermath, the City of Hoboken’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) officially announced the lifting of the State of Emergency. However, residents are urged to remain vigilant as a flood advisory, issued by the National Weather Service, remains in effect for Hudson County until 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Clean-up operations are in full swing, with crews from the Environmental Services Department and the Hoboken Fire Department working diligently to clear debris from streets and sidewalks. The city has requested residents to cooperate by adhering to temporary road closures, ensuring the safety of the crews.

During the storm’s peak, the Hoboken Fire Department was notably active, responding to a total of 46 service calls. These included multiple instances of vehicles trapped in floodwaters and three rescues of individuals stranded in their vehicles. The city has taken this opportunity to remind its residents of the dangers of driving or walking through floodwaters and the importance of heeding barricades placed in flood-prone areas.

In response to the storm’s aftermath, the city introduced discounted parking rates, which are set to revert to regular pricing at 8 p.m. tonight. Residents are being reminded to relocate their vehicles from participating garages before this time.

The storm has also led to some disruptions in city services. The scheduled waste container distribution for today has been postponed, with a new date to be announced soon. Additionally, all city-sponsored recreation programs have been cancelled for the day.

To ensure residents stay updated with the latest developments, the city has advised them to monitor official social media channels, including the Hoboken OEM Twitter page (@HobokenOEM) and the City’s official Twitter (@CityofHoboken) and Facebook pages. The city also encourages residents and stakeholders to sign up for updates via the Nixle System at www.hobokennj.gov/alerts.

As the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season is still underway until November 30, the city has taken a proactive approach by encouraging its residents to review personal emergency plans. Resources and information for emergency preparedness are available on the “Hoboken Ready” website.

The combined efforts of the city’s departments and the leadership of Mayor Bhalla underscore Hoboken’s commitment to the safety and well-being of its residents.