Hurricane Isaias downs dozens of trees in Hoboken

Parks closed indefinitely as the city assesses the damage

Hurricane Isaias downs dozens of trees in Hoboken
Stevens Park and other parks in Hoboken will be closed indefinitely as the city clears downed trees and assesses the damage. Photo by Jerry Lore

Despite periods of heavy rain, Hoboken streets did not flood during Hurricane Isaias, as they often do, according to the North Hudson Sewerage Authority.

More than an inch of rain was reported, with the peak 15-minute intensity measured at 2.36 inches per hour at 11:45 a.m on Aug 4.

The H5 flood pump was operational for more than an hour beginning at 11:45 a.m., pumping out 1.6 million gallons of rainwater and preventing flooding in regions of Northwest Hoboken.

The Southwest Resiliency Park and 7th and Jackson Resiliency Park’s underground detention systems were functional and stored rainwater, helping to prevent flooding.

During the heavy rain on July 22 and during Tropical Storm Fay less than two weeks prior, Hoboken saw severe flooding in low-lying areas with floodwaters damaging parked cars and residents’ basements.

During those storms, the city’s two flood pumps were operational and pumped more than 15 million gallons of water during and after the storm. But the rate of rain was greater than the capacity of the sewers flowing to the pumps, resulting in the backup of rain from the sewers into the streets.

Damaging winds

While Hoboken wasn’t impacted by floodwaters for the third time in a month, the city suffered from downed trees, power lines, and wires in at least 35 locations caused by the heavy winds.

The Hoboken Police Department, Hoboken Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management, and Department of Environmental Services continue to respond to downed trees and power lines.

According to Police Chief Ken Ferrante, between 10:19 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 4, The HPD responded to 159 calls for service, at a pace close to 540 calls for a 24-hour period, exceeding the department’s call volume typically seen during bar crawl events or “Cons” in town.

The police department had to shut down several blocks due to downed trees and branches. On 15th Street between Park and Willow avenues, a large pole was on its way down, held up primarily by power lines, according to the chief.

A crane was called in to help remove a large tree that crashed onto a building on the 300 block of Park Avenue.

The city has reached out to PSE&G to coordinate the removal of power lines, many of which are impacted by downed trees. Some blocks in Hoboken were without power for several hours as PSE&G prioritized responses in other parts of the state as 1.3 million New Jersey residents lost power.

City staff continues to remove debris and clean public spaces, including parks.

Due to downed trees, Church Square Park, Maxwell Park, Stevens Park, and Columbus Park are closed indefinitely.

Several trees were uprooted at Maxwell Park. An arborist will determine whether or not the trees can be replanted.

Portions of Elysian Park may be closed to repair playground equipment.

NJ Transit is running trains on a modified weekend schedule as crews continue to remove trees from the tracks and inspect and repair damage to signal systems and overhead wires.

To report a downed tree or power line in Hoboken, call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100 or the Hoboken Fire Department at 201-420-2004.

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