Flooding Closes Hackensack Avenue; Schools Closed Tuesday
Roadway will remain closed until further notice. All schools in River Dell will remain closed through Tuesday
12:41pm update: All schools in River Edge and Oradell will remain closed through Tuesday. Bergen Catholic and St. Peter's Academy made the decision over the weekend to close Monday and Tuesday.
Monday Night's River Dell Board Meeting has been cancelled.
11:43am: River flooding has already been spotted in River Edge as police are closing all access to Hackensack Avenue from New Milford and Hackensack as riverwaters have already begun to flood the intersection with Main Street.
The roadway will remain closed until further notice, according to River Edge Police. As of 11:38am on Monday, the Hackensack River was measured at 1.52 feet, according to the National Weather Service.
The reservoirs that feed into the Hackensack River were lowered immediately following Governor Chris Christie's order on Friday, but stopped at 6 p.m. Saturday in order for the released water to clear the system. In northern Bergen County, the reservoirs include the Woodcliff Lake-Lake Tappan-Oradell Reservoir system operated by United Water.
The Oradell Reservoir may have accepted water from the other reservoirs in the system, making more room for the subsequent runoff. As of Sunday afternoon, the Oradell Reservoir is at 17.74'. The highest it can go without spilling over is 23.16'.
United Water reported it ended the increased water releases from Lake DeForest at the request of the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the agreement of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The NYDEC requested the release of additional water from Lake DeForest on Friday. United Water New York discontinued the release on Saturday evening according to the requests of the NJDEP and NYDEC.
A county-run shelter at Bergen Community College will open at noon, officials said Monday.
The shelter can house those with special needs and pets, according to the county executive's office. Officials reminded residents to bring clothes and medications, and bring a carrier case for pets.