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The Passaic River surrounds the city of Paterson on three sides. This last crest sent the water nearly 10 feet above flood level.

Chris Keating

Jan 12, 2024, 10:47 AM

Updated 157 days ago

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The city of Paterson took a pounding in the last rainstorm, so much so that many streets are still flooded as the region prepares for another soaking storm Friday night.
People in Paterson will be closely watching to see if the Passaic River takes on any more water.
Along River Street, it’s hard to see where the road ends and the river starts. Some properties have been overtaken by the Passaic River. Three days after the rain started falling, the floodwater had still not receded.
There’s an apartment building on River Street where Eric Saltzman, his fiancé and a neighbor were seen leaving in waist-deep water.
“Weren’t expecting it again so soon,” Saltzman says.
Saltzman got tired of waiting for the floodwater to recede from the front of his building. He was in hip-waders, with his neighbor’s dog in his arms while getting out Friday afternoon.
“We’ve got electricity, running water and everything, but you see I got the dog here, and it’s tough to be able to take him out,” Saltzman says.
Their building sits right on the Passaic River, and there are still a few people inside who refuse to leave.
But with another round of rain on the way and considering his building has no kind of protection from the river, Saltzman said it was time to go.
“You can see there’s not really much land or any type of retaining wall that separates us,” he says.
The Passaic River surrounds the city of Paterson on three sides. This last crest sent the water nearly 10 feet above flood level.
Whether it’s Arch Street or Bergen Street or any other that sits along the river, those streets took on a lot of water.
The owners of a transmission and tire shop say they weren’t getting any business this Friday because customers were having a hard time getting to their location on Presidential Boulevard.
Of course, some will put on boots and make their way down flooded streets, while others are still passing through barricades with cars. But that’s always a gamble.
Mayor Andre Sayegh told News 12 New Jersey that there were 18 street closures on Friday.
For anyone who has evacuated and needs a place to stay, there is a shelter at 161 Fifth Ave.


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