Wednesday night into Thursday morning, the Borough saw nearly 7.5 inches of rainfall. Flash flooding occurred not only in the flood susceptible areas of town, but in the higher elevations as well. The Fire Department handled over 60 calls, mostly for vehicle entrapment, and the First Aid Squad's EMTs were out assisting, taking calls, and delivering generators and additional oxygen to residents in need without power.
Clean up of debris and recovery efforts throughout the community commenced quickly, as we prepare for the Passaic River to crest today. Moderate flooding is expected in the Bergen Boulevard area, Memorial Drive, Willow Way, and some areas of McBride Avenue.
Dumpsters for the Dowling Estates area and parts of McBride Avenue were placed out for residents to discard their damaged items. Residents in other areas should leave their trash curbside. Our garbage contractor will collect debris today and in the coming days.
Residents who need pump-outs by the Fire Department should call the Police Desk at 973-345-8111. Please be patient as recovery efforts are ongoing and many homes have been flooded.
The Office of Emergency Management is working to secure cleaning kits from the American Red Cross, and we are awaiting delivery. Donations of cleaning supplies and gift cards are being accepted 24/7 in the Police Department lobby, and they will be given to families in need.