New Jersey residents in flood zones prepare for Ida’s rain as storm heads north

Remnants from Ida are expected to arrive in New Jersey on Wednesday, bringing the potential for heavy rain and flooding.

News 12 Staff

Aug 30, 2021, 8:49 PM

Updated 963 days ago

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Remnants from Ida are expected to arrive in New Jersey on Wednesday, bringing the potential for heavy rain and flooding. New Jersey residents who live in areas prone to flooding are preparing for the worst as the storm heads north.
Currently the Peckman River in Little Falls is at a low level, which is encouraging. But the river has a reputation for filling up quickly in periods of heavy rain. In recent years, neighbors saw the water overtake stretches of Cedar Grove Road with 3 feet of floodwater and layers of mud to clean up.
“We had water in the yard, around the pool. Nothing in the basement. I don’t know how,” says Little Falls resident Rich Olivola.
Olivola’s home is located a few feet away from the river. Early forecasts suggest Passaic County could see 4 inches of rain, prompting Olivola to say that he will be watching as the rain approaches.
“Always concerned about that much rain in such a short period of time,” he says.
Neighbors in the area say they are preparing in several ways. Many have already checked on sump pumps in their basements, and are finding higher ground for their cars. They are also setting up an evacuation plan if they are forced to leave their homes.
Ida has already passed through Louisiana where it did its worst damage. Winds of 150 mph battered the region.
As the storm travels north, it will be losing some steam before it reaches New Jersey. This could help alleviate some flooding concerns.


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