Hoboken issues Tuesday travel restriction

Hoboken issues Tuesday travel restriction

The Hoboken Office of Emergency Management (OEM), City of Hoboken, and North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) are preparing for the impact of Hurricane Isaias on the tri-state region on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

The National Weather Service is currently predicting 2-4 inches of rain, with heavier amounts possible in low lying areas, along with damaging winds.

A flash flood watch is in effect for Hudson County from the National Weather Service from Tuesday morning through late Tuesday night.

Due to the hurricane, Mayor Ravi Bhalla and OEM Coordinator Sgt. William Montanez instituted travel restrictions for Tuesday and Wednesday based on forecasts and projections from the National Weather Service.

Driving on Hoboken roads is now restricted to first responders and essential workers between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 5 a.m. Wednesday.

OEM also strongly advises residents to avoid driving at all other times between 8 a.m. on Tuesday and 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

The advisories and restrictions have been put into place to keep roads clear for emergency vehicles and prevent cars from getting stuck in floodwaters.

Reduced rate parking

Due to the threat of high winds and heavy rain, residents are urged to stay indoors at all times on Tuesday, and OEM advises residents parked in flood hazard areas of the city to relocate their cars to parking garages or higher elevation. If the storm is greater than a 50-year flooding event, the majority of streets in Hoboken, especially west of Garden Street, could flood.

For a map of flood hazard areas and flood-prone intersections go to https://arcg.is/byyWz

The city is offerings reduced-rate parking at municipal garages B and D and the Midtown garage for residents with a valid resident parking permit from 4 p.m. Monday to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Parking will be $5. The Municipal Garage D is at 215 Hudson St, Municipal Garage B is on Second Street Between Hudson and River Streets, and the Midtown Garage is at 371 Fourth Street.

Garage parking space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents who wish to park in the municipal garages outside of the discounted hours will be charged the regular garage fees during nondiscount hours.

If municipal parking garages fill up, residents with vehicles parked in flood hazard areas are encouraged to use private garages.

Rates and locations of private garages can be found on websites, including parkwhiz.com or spothero.com.

The parking garage at Newport Mall is also an option for Hoboken residents.

The city has suspended street sweeping on Tuesday. It will resume on Wednesday.

Prepare for a worst-case scenario 

Given the potential for heavy flooding and power outages due to heavy winds, Hoboken urges residents to take precautions by obtaining enough water and food, including nonperishable goods, for at least 72 hours.

Residents should also have flashlights and batteries available.

The city is suspending all outdoor dining and fitness classes on Tuesday.

Businesses must bring in any loose objects, including tables and chairs, as well as streaterie materials and structures.

With high winds projected, residents and property owners should secure or bring in all unsecured objects from outdoor locations and balconies, including lawn chairs and tables.

Garbage cans should be secured or tied down to prevent litter on the streets.

Hoboken also urges any businesses or residential properties on ground or basement levels to use any deployable flood protection measures, including sandbags, if available, to mitigate potential flood damage.

The NHSA and city staff are clearing catch basins. Residents concerned about certain catch basins are encouraged to call the NHSA Hotline at 866-689-3970.

Learn more about Hoboken READY, an initiative to prepare people and property for storm events.

Learn more about FEMA recommendations to prepare for a Hurricane.

Learn more how Hoboken and NHSA prepare for, respond to, and recover from intense rainfall storms.

Learn about Hoboken’s efforts to mitigate rainfall flooding.

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