Hoboken preps for worst-case flood scenarios as Henri tracks northeast

All eyes are on Henri, which has the potential to impact New Jersey this weekend. It is now projected to come closer to the coast than originally forecast.

News 12 Staff

Aug 20, 2021, 9:34 PM

Updated 968 days ago

Share:

All eyes are on Henri, which has the potential to impact New Jersey this weekend. It is now projected to come closer to the coast than originally forecast.
The storm has the potential to cause coastal flooding in New Jersey – a grim possibility for some towns along the coast like Hoboken.
“What am I expecting from the storm? To stay as far off as possible. To not come near our coastline,” says Hoboken Office of Emergency Management director Sgt. William Montanez.
It is one thing to be hopeful, but it is another to be prepared for a worst-case scenario. And this is exactly what Montanez and his team are doing.
“We go back to our original game-plan as we learned from [Superstorm] Sandy. We start moving our vehicles to higher ground and we start bringing additional resources of people coming in,” he says.
Hoboken has a history of flooding issues. The flood pumps are being prepped and are said to be in good condition. No parking signs are also up in flood zone to remind drivers how quickly they could lose their vehicles. This will also keep potentially flooded roadways clear of vehicles.
“We will also do additional barricades at our southwest locations. We will fortify them in case we have heavy flooding and double stack them so people don’t drive around them, which people tend to do,” Montanez says.
Hoboken residents are being asked to do their part as well. In addition to keeping vehicles out of flood zones, they are also asked to bring in any unsecured items and to stay out of the way of first responders during the height of the storm.
The city has also reached out to construction crews to secure materials on large construction sites.
Neighboring Jersey City reports crews are also prepping, with barricades at flood-prone areas, cleaning of catch basins, and forestry crews on standby for downed trees.


More from News 12
0:19
Police: 3 injured in Paterson shooting

Police: 3 injured in Paterson shooting

2:10
STORM WATCH: Isolated storms possible in New Jersey

STORM WATCH: Isolated storms possible in New Jersey

0:21
Police: Suspect arrested for fatally shooting man in Trenton

Police: Suspect arrested for fatally shooting man in Trenton

0:28
Israel hails success in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack. G7 democracies condemn attack

Israel hails success in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack. G7 democracies condemn attack

0:25
Police: Man who punched 9-year-old girl at Grand Central Terminal arrested

Police: Man who punched 9-year-old girl at Grand Central Terminal arrested

0:44
NJ Attorney General announces heightened safety measures amid tensions in Middle East

NJ Attorney General announces heightened safety measures amid tensions in Middle East

2:36
'She was the glue.' Loved ones call for justice for Passaic woman killed in hit-and-run

'She was the glue.' Loved ones call for justice for Passaic woman killed in hit-and-run

0:32
Prosecutors: Howell woman indicted in Monmouth County crash that killed 3-year-old

Prosecutors: Howell woman indicted in Monmouth County crash that killed 3-year-old

2:04
CDC: Most women do not get a mammogram because of financial difficulties

CDC: Most women do not get a mammogram because of financial difficulties

0:54
Clean Ocean Action hosts 39th Spring Beach Sweep in Sandy Hook

Clean Ocean Action hosts 39th Spring Beach Sweep in Sandy Hook

0:30
Out in the street: Bruce Springsteen makes it to Mohegan Sun show after flat tire in Jersey

Out in the street: Bruce Springsteen makes it to Mohegan Sun show after flat tire in Jersey

0:16
Police: Elizabeth man charged with sexually assaulting 2 children

Police: Elizabeth man charged with sexually assaulting 2 children

2:39
Police: 3 people in van on way to adult day care center killed in crash in South Brunswick

Police: 3 people in van on way to adult day care center killed in crash in South Brunswick

Police: Truck driver, toll booth attendant seriously injured in crash at Barnegat Toll Plaza

Police: Truck driver, toll booth attendant seriously injured in crash at Barnegat Toll Plaza

1:35
CDC: Measles could lose 'elimination status' amid uptick across the U.S.

CDC: Measles could lose 'elimination status' amid uptick across the U.S.

0:51
IRS warns public about potential tax scams as Tax Day deadline approaches

IRS warns public about potential tax scams as Tax Day deadline approaches

2:27
Congress investigates rise in antisemitism at Rutgers, including incident involving student 2 weeks ago

Congress investigates rise in antisemitism at Rutgers, including incident involving student 2 weeks ago

0:22
Elizabeth man sentenced to 25 years in prison for road rage rampage

Elizabeth man sentenced to 25 years in prison for road rage rampage

0:56
Jersey Proud: Miracle League of Mercer County to hold first game of season

Jersey Proud: Miracle League of Mercer County to hold first game of season

0:18
Prosecutor: 4th person charged in New Brunswick shooting that injured 2 Rutgers students

Prosecutor: 4th person charged in New Brunswick shooting that injured 2 Rutgers students