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 Flood Zone Signs should be posted
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?
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?