Hoboken floods when it rains

Pump or not – Hoboken floods when it rains

Two nights ago, it rained steadily overnight. We had maybe an inch of rain or less. A standard late-winter weather event. Guess what?

Hoboken floods when it rains!

The SW corner and western edge of town flooded again, the exits routes flooded, and even the historic Lackwanna Terminal flooded – onto the train tracks!

Mayor Zimmer was quoted many times saying that the single wet weather pumping station downtown would prevent these areas from ever flooding again during “normal rain storms.” Yesterday was one of those regular rain storms, and yep – we flooded again. What a waste of money! It’s apparent that the Hoboken Flood Goddess is unstoppable.

All these big ideas and plans never quite work out they way they promised.

Hoboken floods even with wet weather pumping station

5 Responses

  1. SuperG says:

    Does anyone know if they even turned on???

  2. Civic66 says:

    Engineering experts said we needed 4 pumps, but we only built 1. Could it be that we just need 4 pumps for them to work effectively?

  3. escaped68 says:

    When you have a pump station like this you need at least 2 pumps, the best set up is 2 small pumps backed up with 2 large pumps. The 2 small pumps are to be on line all of the time, the term for these pumps is jockey pumps, set up with float switches and will work whenever the sump pit is full. Also a alternator switch is used so the same pump isn’t always running. The large one could be either used with a float switch or manual mode. If a float switch is used its set a lot higher then the jockey pumps or in the manual set up a person must put them on line if and when a storm is expected.
    But to only use 1 pump and it must be turned on a human being is at best foolish. I hope when this pump station was built there were provisions for more pumps.
    I live in a area with a high water table and have a sump pump set and I have a double pump set up.

    • Civic66 says:

      This sounds like such simple common sense. I wish City Hall would apply some of this common sense to their flooding plans.[quote comment=”219695″]When you have a pump station like this you need at least 2 pumps, the best set up is 2 small pumps backed up with 2 large pumps. The 2 small pumps are to be on line all of the time, the term for these pumps is jockey pumps, set up with float switches and will work whenever the sump pit is full. Also a alternator switch is used so the same pump isn’t always running. The large one could be either used with a float switch or manual mode. If a float switch is used its set a lot higher then the jockey pumps or in the manual set up a person must put them on line if and when a storm is expected.But to only use 1 pump and it must be turned on a human being is at best foolish. I hope when this pump station was built there were provisions for more pumps.I live in a area with a high water table and have a sump pump set and I have a double pump set up.[/quote]

      • joey maxim says:

        been this way since 1620 when the dutch paid a few kegs of rum and trinkets to the native
        american tribes that lived here and nyc..The sewer systems were made of wood.since the civil war..You cannot keep driving piles into the ground on the east and north end of the city and expect the problem to decrease..The sewage combined with the flood is a nasty
        problem..Can’t blaim the mayor for what the past 10 mayors didn’t fix..keep in mind that there were no high rise bldgs along the waterfront..I can’t understand the term (culture) in regard to a mile and half square town with over 55k..5 cars to a family and 65 bars and restuarents..It is what it is..below sea level..[quote comment=”219701″]This sounds like such simple common sense. I wish City Hall would apply some of this common sense to their flooding plans.[/quote]

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