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Tri-State residents brace for flooding as Tropical Storm Andrea arrives

Posted at 12:57 PM, Jun 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-07 12:57:26-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) – Flash flood warnings are in effect in Yonkers and Hoboken as tropical storm Andrea begins to pelt the Tri-State with heavy rain.

Public workers have been filling sandbags in Yonkers for the past two days, and are offering them free at the Department of Public Works lot at Nepperhan Ave. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Anyone who has flooding concerns or is experiencing flooding is encouraged to call (914) 377 – HELP.

Crews will be out in force through the weekend with special trucks outfitted with pumps to clear standing water.

“Due to the expected tropical storm tomorrow through Saturday that occurred in the area last night, I have had asked our DPW to make sand and sand bags available to residents,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “Flood mitigation efforts are being planned by DPW crews for certain low lying areas, but we also want to ensure our residents take the necessary precautionary steps in protecting their homes and property.”

Flooding

In Hoboken, one of the areas plagued by flooding during super storm Sandy, there is a flash flood warning in effect through Saturday afternoon.  Rainfall could reach between 1 and 2 inches per hour and may surpass 4 inches.

The city is already preparing barriers to close streets prone to flooding, and residents are warned to leave their vehicles in a high and dry location.

According to a City of Hoboken press release:

Due to the potential for flooding, the City of Hoboken is providing reduced rate parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River Streets) and Garage D (215 Hudson Street) beginning Friday, June 7 at 8am through noon on Saturday, June 8th for $5 for residents who reside in flood prone areas and have a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard.

In addition, various privately-operated parking garages are available including:

  • Central Parking (50 Bloomfield St)
  • Central Parking (77 Park Ave)
  • Central Parking Systems (1 Washington St)
  • Central Parking Systems (50 Bloomfield St)
  • Propark America (1125 Maxwell Ln)
  • Propark America (1450 Bloomfield St)
  • Sylvan Parking (800 Jefferson St)
  • Sylvan Sky Garage LLC (125 Marshall St)
  • Sylvan Sky Garage (700 1st St)
  • SJP Garage (111 River St)
  • Newport Mall Parking Garages – Main/West Garage, North Garage, South Garage (49 Mall Drive West, Jersey City)

Residents who have a Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit are reminded that overnight parking from 8pm to 8am is available every day in Municipal Garages B, D (215 Hudson St), and Midtown (371 4th St) for $5.

A map of flood-prone areas and additional information is available on the City website: www.hobokennj.org/flooding.