We have flooding issues?
FYI, additional flooding pictures on comment pages 1, 2 and 5.
3/2/2007 2:08pm Update:
I’ve read that certain local politicians continue blaming “high-tide” and indicate that continued development would have NO impact on the current conditions, because “it’s a long term plan”. While that may have an ounce of merit, I believe our efforts should be put in WHOLEHEARTEDLY to combat this recurring problem, rather than wasting resources and time building more. They argue about the economic windfall that Hoboken would enjoy, but I can only take that with a grain of salt. I asked in an earlier comment somewhere on the site “would Hoboken go bankrupt if no development was done in the SW?” (i.e., solve the problems first), and haven’t seen any answer except “to do nothing would be fatal…”
Is that the case? If so, will someone PROVE this to us?
Below is a letter sent to 411 and all the major tri-state area news outlets from a Hoboken resident who wishes to remain anonymous.
AN OPEN LETTER:
Flooding in Hoboken I’ve lived in Hoboken for the past 3.5 years. In that time, I’ve seen many despicable acts that lead me to believe that City Hall is not doing a good job for their constituents. Instead of listing all the ills of Hoboken, I’d like instead to bring to light one particular issue: FLOODING
Every time it rains in Hoboken we have to worry about flooding. Our downtown area is more of a lake than a living area. My understanding of the problem is that our infrastructure is very old and very overwhelmed, and the gutters/sewers get backed up when it rains heavily. This problem is exacerbated by the constant construction and enormous apartment buildings our Mayor and City Council is so fond of giving zoning variances. As more and more people pack into this finite amount of space, and no/limited upgrades are done to our water/sewer system, we are facing increased flooding.
As of March 2, 2007, at 9:30a.m., most corners west of Bloomfield and south of 3rd are under water. The intersection of Newark and Garden Streets was a lake, and all intersections west of there were under at least one foot of water. Second and Clinton was under a few feet, and Seventh and Willow residents had water all the way up to their door jams.
Multiple vehicles are being destroyed each and every time there is measurable precipitation, and our Mayor and City Council do nothing!
In a town where it can cost upwards of $400/square foot to buy a condo or building, it is a DISGRACE that this type of destruction of property occurs on a semi-regular basis. Most times after a flood, someone from City Hall will announce that high tide plus the “unusual” amount of rainfall contributed to the flooding, but this will not be a regular occurrence. By my count, this has occurred at least 5 times since July 21, 2006. That is most definitely regularly, and most definitely a problem that needs to be addressed.
What will it take for City Hall to start working for its constituents and fixing this problem? How much property needs to be destroyed before they care? Will someone have to die in the rushing waters of West Hoboken before anything is done? Is it possible our Mayor is so incompetent he is not aware of the legacy he is in danger of leaving Hoboken: Mayor Roberts, New Jersey’s very own Ray Nagin.
I would strongly recommend that anyone thinking of living in Hoboken seriously consider each and every possible alternative. Hoboken can be a great city in many ways, but this is just one example of many downsides to living here.
It should also be noted that City Hall has banned it’s employees from using Hoboken411.com , and blocked the site on its computer systems
Whoa! I didn’t know that! Maybe they should re-consider all this rush development until we solve the infrastructure issues?
As of 7:20 this morning, there are several instances of flooding around and more to come, including Newark and Park, which is at a complete standstill, a part of Clinton Street which is “under water” according to Hoboken PD, and also south on the Jersey City border by the railroad tracks a couple cars are already floating. But they say “that’s JC’s jurisdiction”.
Great day to take off, or at least go in 1/2 day.
I haven’t slept since Wednesday night, so I’m not sure how much flooding action I can photographically capture. If anyone is out and about can grab a few shots and send them in, please do so!