Flood Zone Signs!

When will Hoboken smarten up and install flood zone signs?

Okay, when you’ve given a particular administration over SIX years to do something completely LOGICAL and SENSIBLE – such as my suggestion from 2008 (see below), when do you get angry that they “pretend” they have no idea? Or have a case of the “clueless blues?”

I’ll say it again clearly: Hoboken needs to post FLOOD ZONE SIGNS in areas that are KNOWN TO FLOOD. How hard can that be? Do they not want to because it “makes Hoboken look bad?” Well – seeing the same flood photos each and every time it rains isn’t necessarily a “positive PR campaign” either… Dawn.

I bring this up for two reasons. One, the simple Hoboken flooding event from last week, and two – when we took one of our dogs for an emergency procedure in Fairfield, NJ – we noticed these signs (below) in the parking lot. Maybe if the Zimmer administration tapped just 10% of the effort they use to publish “perfect sugar-coated press releases” into clearly informing the (not so informed) public of these situations – we’d have a lot less damage to cars (and probably more money for local businesses). See the original story from over 2,000 days ago after the photo…

Hoboken Flooding Parking Sign too simple NJ Real Estate Values

Hoboken Flood Zone Signs should be posted

6/18/2008 Update:

Back in February of 2008, when we had one of our many floods already this year, I suggested the following:

Hmm, maybe if the city cannot fix the problem soon enough, at least create signs to be put in these areas that says: “Known Flooding Area. Park at your own risk.” This way, new residents at least have been warned of the potential issues when it rains. What do you think?

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I’m sure the city would come back and say “we don’t have the money in the budget….” but instead of wasting tax-payer money on scooters and other useless toys, perhaps this would be money well spent.

Additionally, I forget who’s in charge (chugged some NyQuil about a half an hour ago), but a good position to have at city hall might be a “meteorological advisor” (make sure it’s $1 per year, though).

Someone who monitors storms such as we had last week and takes proactive steps for known flooding areas, such as:

  • Preparing and advising city personnel (police, fire, sanitation) of the potential flooding.
  • Sending out officers to known flooding areas to perhaps contact vehicle owners and tell them their car might get damaged?
  • Or developing a text message warning system, where residents can opt-in to receive messages in certain situations, such as flooding. (Then again, they can just read 411).

While I’m certain most residents who’ve lived here for a long time might already are aware of these danger spots, but many newcomers have to learn the hard way. Why not help prevent economic stress in our community?

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38 Comments on "Flood Zone Signs!"

homeworld
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They should also install signs warning you which areas are most prone to auto theft in Hoboken.

joey maxim
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joey maxim

That is hit and miss..as a kid in Hoboken there never were flood signs,where the floods were than are now condos in the west side area shop rite,factorys bamboo factory hind and douch,paper company,shoup and owens…trucking companys. universal paper company Henkel chemical company..I don’t recall it being that bad but then there were no condos or apts in the west side..the other post about signs posted for auto thief is rather amusing,for most of these thieves,come from out of town..who is too know who where and when even when parked under a street light..Its heartbreaking to get even one scratch on a new b m w so imagine when 60k$ cars are stripped? no win situation here and through out the tri state area…just saying..in a way I agree.but guess we are all singing to the choir..[quote comment=”223127″]They should also install signs warning you which areas are most prone to auto theft in Hoboken.[/quote]

HansBrix
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HansBrix

+ truth in advertising barely exists in advertising. This isn’t advertising.
+ honesty is optional and won’t generate large sums of cash for government officials in Hudson county.
+ ever heard of the Easter bunny?

HansBrix
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HansBrix

RE developers and people in the condo sales biz will not be happy if flood zone signs go up. Nor will the poor saps who bought in those areas and now want to move to higher ground.

If I was a typical uninformed buyer who happened to notice the signs I’d walk or negotiate accordingly. Ditto if I was a renter looking at a new building.

Would it surprise anyone if large sums of cash were already being stuffed into the pockets of the powers-that-be to prevent such signs from going up? We all know that policy decisions are for sale.

john14
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john14

Do these statements sound familiar?

+ Truth in advertising
+ Honesty is the best policy
+ Transparency in government

Is it really the sign that will hurt property values? There is a sucker born every minute, and properties sell in Hoboken, despite the archived news of continual flooding. Foreign buyers are the best buyers. They soak up the marketing and have no clue to what they are getting into.

But seriously, the absence of such an effective way to save trouble like this is disturbing. Clearly there is an underground opposition to it. Somewhere. And they’re doing a good job maintaining the status quo.

[quote comment=”223120″]RE developers and people in the condo sales biz will not be happy if flood zone signs go up. Nor will the poor saps who bought in those areas and now want to move to higher ground.If I was a typical uninformed buyer who happened to notice the signs I’d walk or negotiate accordingly. Ditto if I was a renter looking at a new building.Would it surprise anyone if large sums of cash were already being stuffed into the pockets of the powers-that-be to prevent such signs from going up? We all know that policy decisions are for sale.[/quote]

homeworld
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People left their cars parked on the streets in Hoboken during Hurricane Sandy and then were shocked when they were flooded. You can’t cure stupid.

joey maxim
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joey maxim

I don’t think many tought sandy would be that nasty..unlike the prior flood..good point.[quote comment=”223114″]People left their cars parked on the streets in Hoboken during Hurricane Sandy and then were shocked when they were flooded. You can’t cure stupid.[/quote]
[quote comment=”223114″]People left their cars parked on the streets in Hoboken during Hurricane Sandy and then were shocked when they were flooded. You can’t cure stupid.[/quote]

joey maxim
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joey maxim

I don’t think many tought sandy would be that nasty..unlike the prior flood..good point.[quote comment=”223114″]People left their cars parked on the streets in Hoboken during Hurricane Sandy and then were shocked when they were flooded. You can’t cure stupid.[/quote]

homeworld
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The weather reports and news (including his site) covered Sandy a week in advance. Anyone that didn’t know Hoboken was going to flood was willfully ignorant. The entire Jersey Shore wasn’t evacuated for just shits and giggles.[quote comment=”223132″]I don’t think many tought sandy would be that nasty..unlike the prior flood..good point.[/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover

It all started with the Planning Board approving buildings two and three levels below sea level. And guess what? One of those same board members wants you to vote for him for County Freeholder this June 3.

I brought this up many years ago – in the election of 2007 that the Zimmer slate running was going to be sinking this town if elected. Also warned them that without an evacuation plan and actively encouraging home owners to go without cars that masses would be stander with the predicted disaster flooding in Hoboken.

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