Hoboken residents were cleaning up two days after remnants of Hurricane Ida swept New Jersey, cleaning up residences and businesses that were flooded, pumping out water, drying up buildings, and taking out possessions that were flooded to the curb after seeing historical rainfall on the city.
Although the storm took the wind out of many, the city was recovering, with restaurants and businesses open, and cars making their way through, albeit through some streets that still had remnants of flood water. Residents worked with what they could as they recouped from the storm’s aftermath.
One resident, Deidre Moliterni, had water in their basement and backyard, and was pumping it out so they could start putting possessions out to the curb. They also lost their water heaters that they installed the week before from the previous storm.
“Now this is our second attempt at putting new ones in and we’re out of hot water yet again even with the new ones because the water levels were so high,” she said.
Others had already put their trash on the sidewalks. Katie Erbeck, who has lived in her residence for two-and-a-half years, was taking out storage in their basement that got flooded.
“Honestly, we didn’t expect this,” she said. “We’ve never had flooding in our basement before.”
The items that they lost included possessions from her husband’s late parents, and other items from growing up. “Some of it is okay to get rid of, but some of it can be emotional things from childhood and family memories,” she said.
Stop Crying Studios, a gym in the city, was cleaning up their studio and their gym equipment that was laid out outside after flooding got up to under knee level.
“We’ve been here for about nine hours,” said owner Jon P. “Myself, my fiance, and the owner of the building have been here just taking things out piece by piece, cleaning them down, making sure there’s no bacteria, no molds, and just getting as much of that liquid out as possible.”
The city was under a boil water order for four days, with water trucks being set up to distribute clean water to residents. One water truck on that day was outside Monroe Gardens after previously setting up shop in front of City Hall.
“We probably had a dozen people come by which is great,” said Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, who was at the water truck. “A lot of people weren’t aware that it was here as they walked by. They said they’re definitely coming back.”
As the city continues to recover, the municipal government is assessing the damage to public facilities. They have also launched a public survey to determine the damages to buildings citywide. The survey is available at hthobokennj.gov/floodsurvey.