Hobokenpix: Flooding

2/23/2009:

[Continuing the ORIGINAL Hoboken411 “Photo of the Day” series…]

Hoboken Photo of the Day – 2/23/2009

Here’s a Hoboken flood photo from last Summer. Maybe it’s just me, but with all this talk of the flooding problems and the pumps – that it hasn’t been that bad lately? Perhaps we just had unusually bad luck, and that flooding really isn’t such a big deal in town?

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5 Comments on "Hobokenpix: Flooding"

mooshu
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mooshu

Hoboken’s a “swampy marsh land”. Making it pretty doesn’t change its roots.

Holygoof
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Holygoof

Let’s not stereotype people based on the car they drive. There is a huge population of BMW enthusiasts that know every detail about their car and how it works.

truth1
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truth1

Unfortunately, flooding is no stranger in Hoboken’s history.
This area always flooded in heavy rain conditions along with 4th and Jacksson Sts., Observer Hwy., West End of Newark and Paterson and Grove and Henderson Sts. into Jersey City. The people on Jackson St BEFORE the federal housing complex was built, used rowboats to go to and from their homes. This all was before the massive development and the condition is relatively the same. Now, we might have the technology to overcome mother nature and our elevation close to sea level. But this comes at great cost….experts estimate four pumps at $12 to $14 million per pumping station. Big bucks. We get caught up in the tax, developers, city management, political and planning issues. Yes, we could have done things better. We have to start planning and making the proper decisions now.
Hopefully, our future governing bodies will do a better job. 💡

bradykp
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bradykp

I think we are just having some good luck right now.

as for the 335 – that’s your typical BMW owner/leaser. they are awesome cars, but most people I meet that have one don’t have the first clue how a car works. Point illustrated when you said he kept trying to start the car again – making the problem even worse that it may have been (though he was probably screwed at that point anyways).

monk
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monk

I remember this flood, I was standing at the Shoprite when two guys come running out of a car in the lot into the water towards the black Murano pictured. They got to it, but it was interior was completely flooded.

Moments before that, a guy was rolling up Madison in his brand new BMW 335. He just to plow through the water, but he hydrolocked the engine. His car than waded to 10th street upon which he stayed in the car, trying to start it every few mins. His girlfriend then got out and joined us at the entrance of Shoprite and watched this guy as he sat in his car for about 20 minutes until some others (I think the Murano owners) agreed to help push him out.

I felt bad for the Murano owner, but the BMW guy drove up Madison past barricades at 9th and tried to make it through. That water had to be at least 3ft at the entrance of Shoprite, he had no chance. There goes a $50K car.

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