Flooding up and down western Hoboken after severe downpour; street closures throughout
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HOBOKEN – Six months after Hurricane Sandy ravaged Hoboken, Mother Nature decided to give the city a little reminder of her might Wednesday morning, when flooding caused by a torrential overnight downpour blocked many of the city’s entrances and exits and shut down multiple streets on the west end of town.

Information is still coming in on exactly which parts of town were blocked off to cars on Wednesday morning, but Jackson Street from Third Street to Fifth Street was closed, while a road blocks were placed at the corner of Jefferson Street and Sixth Street and Grand Street north of Twelfth Street. The area around Willow Avenue and Seventh Street also incurred serious flooding.

Several cars were stuck in several feet of water on the Marin Boulevard and Grove Street underpasses which lead into the city from Jersey City, and both thruways were blocked. The Jersey Avenue underpass remained open but suffered from heavy congestion.

The city’s politicians weighed in on the flooding on Twitter early this morning. Mayor Dawn Zimmer tweeted around 10 am, “Advocating as hard as possible for more flood pumps. Grant application was submitted. [Hoboken] severely flooded. We need help!” The grant Zimmer referred to, according to a later Tweet, is a plan to install further flood pumps around the city that was recently submitted to the state for approval.

Meanwhile, Fourth Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti, a fierce opponent of Zimmer, tweeted, “Hoboken needs to work with the North Hudson Sewerage Authority for more pumping stations. Bond if needed. 4 years of inaction. #unacceptable.” – Dean DeChiaro
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SkiandSunLover
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May 08, 2013
The corner of 2nd and Clinton was pretty much impassable as well... The State and the Federal government need to step in and help with the infrastructure, otherwise the situation is only going to get worse. This is not something this small city and the Sewerage Authority can (or should) handle.
TommyLover
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May 12, 2013
The southwest area has flooded for as long as records have been kept. Go back into your Hoboken history and you'll discover this was an issue as far back as 1860. It was never dealt with - just filled in and built up. Frankly, I don't think it's solvable. But developers and realtors don't want to hear it. And neither do the politicians who are supported by developer/realtor money.
DecemberDilemma
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May 08, 2013
You forgot 9th St.leading to the lightrail ad Madison in front of the Shoprite. As usual, we were flooded back to the buildings and as far up as the car bottoms of the cars left on the street. The sewage smell was overpowering. No pump trucks in sight. Firemen having to wade in to get idiot motorists out of the middle of the street where they thought they could get through. This is the worst street in Hoboken. It is an absolute crime that nothing has been done to take care of it while the city's priority seems to be parks and bike lanes. Did I mention tht we were awakened at 1:30 AM, the other day, by PSEG drilling the streets to plug a gas leak? No one warns you when you buy/ rent on that stretch exactly what you are getting into. The conditions are deplorable.
TommyLover
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May 12, 2013
Warn you? Who should have warned you...your realtor? They are part of the problem. You could have walked around your neighborhood and asked people who have lived here a few years.