Nor’easter flooding leaves some Jersey City residents stuck in homes

Consistent rainfall Monday night into early Tuesday morning meant flooding for low-lying areas of Jersey City.

News 12 Staff

Oct 26, 2021, 9:18 PM

Updated 910 days ago

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Consistent rainfall Monday night into early Tuesday morning meant flooding for low-lying areas of Jersey City. These areas of the city flood often, and it was no different during the nor’easter.
Wayne Street sits right alongside the New Jersey Turnpike. The flooding receded by Tuesday afternoon. But homeowners were trapped in their homes for a time. They blame the flooding on a lack of drainage and say that the neighborhood constantly floods.
“The problem is a pipe there that they should straighten it, but the city did not do it because at the time it cost a few million. Now it may be more,” said one resident.
Many of the storm drains in the area were clogged with leaves, mud and trash, leading to more flooding. Neighbors say that they have long asked for these drains to be cleared.
Resident Abdul Abid says he has gone to extreme measures to keep the water from entering his home.
“It’s like 50 sandbags right there. I’ve got some wood over there,” he says.
He has created a bunker of sorts to protect his front and side doors.
“This is something that we have to do every time it rains heavy, it’s ridiculous,” he says. “This has been ongoing for years now, and it’s very stressful. We were just dealing with this last month with Hurricane Ida.”
Abid’s bunker seemed to work with Monday night’s rain. But he says it was no match for the flooding from Ida.
Crews with the city’s Department of Public Works were out by late Tuesday afternoon to clear the drains and wash down the streets. Residents say that they wished those crews were out a little earlier.
Additional rain was expected Tuesday night. Residents say that they are hoping more flooding doesn’t occur.


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