Update: Water Level Begins to Drop
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Just before midnight on Sunday, the water level at the Hackensack River in New Milford began to drop closer to 11-feet. Since 10:30pm on Sunday, the river was measuring just under 12-feet by a few inches.
There is still a chance the reservoir will overflow during the night leading to more flooding in Oradell and River Edge. And an 8pm curfew for Oradell residents for Monday will remain in place, according to the Oradell Office of Emergency Management.
After the New Milford substation was knocked out by flooding, both the Oradell and River Edge police departments are running on generators. Power outages are wide-spread throughout each town and may not be restored until later this week.
OPD has contacted residents along the flood line and have already advised them to leave voluntarily. Residents that live on the far side of Oradell Avenue heading toward St. Joseph School are now cut off from the rest of the borough with the Oradell Avenue Bridge closed due to flooding.
In River Edge, the southern end of town was evacuated prior to Hurricane Irene, but according to Lt. Michael Walker of the REPD, any residents that have returned will be evacuated on a case-by-case basis if they have returned. Previously Kinderkamack Road from Wayne Avenue to the Hackensack border had been blocked off, but the Rt. 4 entrance to Main Street was reopened.
According to the Oradell Police Department, there are several trees down in the borough and New Milford Avenue has been closed due to flooding. Oradell residents will also have to contend with water and sewage overflowing the manhole covers along Oradell Avenue and by the Elm Street Bridge.
According to Bergen County Executive Kathleen A. Donovan's Office, United Water has reported that on Monday, over a foot of water is expected to spill over the Oradell dam with significant flooding expected to occur south of the dam. The flooding will effect Oradell and River Edge residents.
According to River Edge Police Lt. Michael Walker, PSE&G will not arrive in town unless there is a reported fire.
"It's not anything we didn't expect from the storm, but it looks like we will get hit by the worst after 10am," Walker said.
In advance of the storm, United Water began lowering the level of the Oradell Reservoir in an attempt to minimize flooding in the New Milford and River Dell areas. Area residents can keep abreast of the level of rivers at the National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.
The following is a partial list of phone numbers to call releated to specific problems you may have:
- Power outages, call PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734
- Phone service or FIOS television, call Verizon: 1-800-837-4966
- Cable TV service, Cablevision: 866-633-0193; Comcast (Toms River): 866-922-0693
All emergency situations, however, residents should not hesitate to call 9-1-1. For non-emergency, contact the River Edge Police at 201-262-1233 or the Oradell Police at 201-261-0200.
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