Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Hillsdale & Westwood Flood Solution Group's attorney said some flooding along the Pascack Brook can be stopped.
The Hillsdale & Westwood Flood Solution Group, an organization of residents affected or concerned by flooding, offered to work more closely with the Hillsdale government during a borough council meeting Tuesday night. Donald MacLachlan, an attorney representing the group, said that the council should form a committee tasked with advising the governing body on resolving the flooding problem along the Pascack Brook. MacLachlan said the committee could help with formulating a plan and also finding funding for any projects needed for the plan. The state government is currently "highly sensitive" to flooding issues, he said. The upcoming United Water project to upgrade the dam at the Woodcliff Lake Reservoir is one focus of the group, but not …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
WIth trees and power lines down throughout town, Tuesday will show just how much damage Sandy wrought.
Sandy has blown out of town littering New Milford's side streets and thoroughfares with the debris of trees and branches, downed power lines, and many, many power outages. As of midnight, PSE&G is reporting between 2,001 and 5,000 customers without power in New Milford according to its power outage map. New Milford residents reported outages near Gibbs Elementary School, Berkley Elementary School, St. Joe's, New Milford High School, Brookchester and Main Street. It is uncertain at this time when power will be restored. PSE&G had to cease any overnight repairs as wind gusts reached over 45mph. Crews will begin repair work around 8am Tuesday morning. At the storm's peak, between 6pm and 8pm Monday, emergency services and the DPW were …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Police Chief Papapietro encourages all residents in flood prone areas to evacuate.
Unlike Irene, the full moon has powered Sandy into a tidal storm that can prove to be more devastating than Irene. Meteorologists are predicting that the high tides, mixed with heavy rains, will trigger flooding as the hurricane merges with a winter storm system that will worsen it and hold it in place for days. The Hackensack's high tide has already caused the river to spill over onto New Bridge Road resulting in a road closure before even a drop of rain has fallen. Police Chief Frank Papapietro, who also heads Emergency Management, is encouraging residents who live in the flood prone areas to begin evacuating now. Papapietro said that the County has opened a shelter at Bergen Community College. The shelter can house those with special …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
New Milford readies itself for Sandy's potential punch; temporary sub station in Bergenfield; County will have dumpsters available post Sandy.
New Milford schools, the library and Borough administrative offices will be closed Monday in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, officials announced Sunday. Mayor Ann Subrizi called an emergency management meeting for the council and first responders Sunday morning at Borough Hall to ensure that all systems are in place in advance of Hurricane Sandy to deal with the potential effects of the storm on the residents of New Milford. Representatives from the police, fire and ambulance corps. were in attendance. According to Police Chief Frank Papapietro, who also coordinates the town's Office of Emergency Management, the DPW spent the weekend clearing leaves from the storm drains and will continue to monitor them on Monday. Should Sandy mimic …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Hurricane will bring a variety of hazards and up to 8 inches of rain as it wreaks havoc throughout East Coast, according to federal officials.
As Hurricane Sandy travels toward the East Coast, New Jersey residents should brace for a slow deterioration of the weather well before landfall early next week, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Additional damage from Sandy is expected, because the hurricane is expected to lose speed by the time it makes landfall. This will extend the period of heavy wind and rainfall, according to NOAA's National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb. Sandy is expected to bring between 5 and 8 inches of rain to the affected area, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction Director Dr. Louis Uccellini said. Between 50 and 60 million people will be impacted by Sandy well into next week. "It's difficult to …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
National Weather Service predicts heavy rains, damaging winds, possibly a tornado watch for Tuesday night into Wednesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Tuesday for the northeast area as forecast predicts heavy rainfall, possible flash flooding, damaging winds and possibly an isolated tornado. The greatest impact is expected Tuesday afternoon into evening, according to the forecast. Rain will continue into Wednesday clearing up by evening time. The forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday: Tuesday afternoon - A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. High near 80. Breezy, with a south wind 16 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an…
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Heavy showers and thunderstorms expected throughout afternoon
The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory warning for minor flooding in poor drainage areas. According to the National Weather Service, a line of heavy showers and thunderstorms are moving east across central New Jersey along with a cluster of heavy showers and thunderstorms moving north along the New Jersey coast towards New York City. Predicted maximum hourly rainfall rates are expected to range from 1 to 1 1/2 inches per hour. This may result in rapid ponding of water in low lying areas and produce minor flooding. Patch will continue to update these storms as information becomes available. Follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our free daily newsletter.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The borough is looking for an engineer to examine United Water's plan for the dam at the Woodcliff Lake Reservoir.
Editor's note: An update on the Hillsdale dam review. Hillsdale officials are looking for an engineer who specializes in dams to review United Water's plan upgrade the dam at the Woodcliff Lake Reservoir, according to Hillsdale Mayor Max Arnowitz. Arnowitz said they will sign a contract by the planning board's August meeting in order to have the engineer complete a report on the plans by September. United Water developed the plan after the Department of Environmental Protection required they make the dam able to withstand a 1,000-year storm, which would be about six times as powerful as Hurricane Irene. The DEP approved United Water's plan last year. The project would lower Church Road, which crossed the top of the dam. According to Don …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Catch up on the week in local news in New Milford
Residents advised to lock doors and windows and report any suspicious activity to New Milford Police New Milford man awaiting a hearing in drug court is caught on camera breaking water pipe flooding the courthouse and forcing its closure for the day. Bergenfield speaks out to negative impact of United Water Property Development. Sanzari's New Bridge Inn is seeking a variance to expand and knock down two homes on the property. Teaneck residents say traffic and flooding will increase. Gospel Fellowship Church's site plan denied by the Planning Board in 2011 "substantially the same" as plan submitted by Riverview Racquetball Club and approved by Planning Board in 2008 for same site. At a county conference on Disaster Preparedness, Freeholder…
Thursday, July 12, 2012
New Jersey legislators and mayors urge New York to pass legislation creating a bistate flood commission to coordinate management and flood prevention of waterways that flow between Rockland and Bergen counties.
Governor Chris Christie signed legislation in January creating an 18-member Rockland-Bergen Bistate River Commission made up of officials and residents of both states to coordinate the management and flood prevention of waterways that flow between Bergen County, NJ and Rockland County, NY. However, New York legistators seem to be dragging their feet. Senator Robert Gordon and Assemblymembers Connie Wagner and Tim Eustace, along with members of the Bergen County delegation and mayors, have signed a letter addressed to the New York State Senate urging them to pass legislation that has already been enacted by New Jersey in order to create a Rockland-Bergen Bistate flood commission. Citing the devastating effects of Hurricane Irene and …