High Winds, Significant Rainfall, and Flooding Could Still Affect Jersey City this Weekend

October 2, 2015 Catherine Hecht

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Forecasts now project Hurricane Joaquin to be turning away from the East Coast and heading out to sea. Jersey City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) officials and department directors are still preparing for any potential impact as significant rain, flooding, and high winds could still affect our area. The nor’easter impacting our area today and tomorrow is already bringing high winds and significant rainfall, which is expected to last through Sunday.

Critical equipment, especially police and fire emergency vehicles and generators, are being staged on higher ground in the event of flooding. All critical departments – such as Police, Fire and Public Works – will have a full complement of staff with the ability to recall additional personnel if needed.

Volunteers from the city’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are on standby to assist in emergency operations, as are the current class of 13 police recruits and 14 fire department recruits.

As local officials continue to monitor the storm and put emergency preparedness plans into effect, OEM and city officials are asking residents to sign up for emergency notifications and city social media channels. Before and during the storm, the city will update its communication channels including the municipal website, the official Facebook page, the Twitter feed (@JC_Gov) and the emergency alert system.

Residents who are not already signed up to receive emergency alerts should do so now!

Currently all parking rules and regulations remain in effect and garbage and recycling pickup is on a regular schedule. Cancellations or modifications will be announced on the city communication channels.

The Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA), with the assistance of Department of Public Works and Jersey City Incinerator Authority personnel, have cleaned catch basins of debris in advance of the expected heavy rains for the next several days.

Resident are reminded to bring in or secure any items from their yards that could become airborne. And any residents who park in low-lying areas are encouraged to move their vehicles to higher ground in advance of the storm and potential flooding. Please DO NOT attempt to drive through standing water or flooded roadways.

All Recreation Department programming that occurs on grass fields has been canceled due to the significant rainfall, which includes soccer and football.

Both the Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health and CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital are activating their emergency preparedness plans and are in close communication with the City’s OEM.

While current forecasts do not expect a severe impact from Hurricane Joaquin on the East Coast, Jersey City officials are putting all the necessary measures and personnel in place and will use this as an opportunity to strengthen the existing preparedness plan.

More weather advisories are available from The National Weather Service and The Weather Channel websites.

JCI will post any major updates on the storm and we will also share updates via our twitter feed so follow us @jcindependent. Stay safe JC!

Photo Source: National Hurricane Center

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