The City of Hackensack is in the process of assessing damage and cleaning up after dealing with significant flooding, power outages, and damage from last night’s storm. Residents are advised to avoid flooded roadways and allow emergency personnel to continue working diligently to clean up after the storm.
Mayor John Labrosse said, “Clean-up efforts have been and continue to be extensive after an unprecedented amount of rain caused major flooding, power outages, and road closures in the City. I want to thank our first responders and emergency crews, who have been working throughout the night and are working tirelessly to ensure our residents are safe first and foremost. Fortunately, as of now, we can report that no major injuries or deaths to any emergency personnel or civilians have occurred.”
The Office of Emergency Management reports that first responders made over 100 rescues last night using two boats and high water vehicles. Emergency rescue efforts from the storm have since ceased, and efforts to clear roads, assess the damage and restore power are underway.
The State of New Jersey and the County of Bergen have declared a State of Emergency, and a Flood Warning is currently in effect until 01:15 AM Friday. If travel is necessary, residents are reminded to turn around immediately when they come across flooded roadways and not to drive around or move barricades. As flood water recedes over the next few days, residents are advised to call 9-1-1 immediately if they smell gas in their homes and request the fire department.