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HUNTERDON COUNTY FLOOD ALERT - DELAWARE RIVER
DUE TO HURRICANE IVAN

Milford Borough south to the City of Lambertville
Last Updated:
Thursday, October 14, 2004

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CURRENT SITUATION REPORT:

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2004 - 12:00 pm

The Hunterdon County Office of Emergency Management has officially removed the State of Emergency as of 12:00 noon on Tuesday, September 21, 2004.  Preliminary assessments show that Hunterdon County had approximately 130 homes affected by the flooding. The damage ranges from anywhere between affected to major damage. None were destroyed.

FEMA, and the State and County Offices of Emergency Management toured the affected communities on Monday, September 22, 2004 to survey the damage. Reports have been submitted to the State in hopes of receiving a Presidential Disaster Declaration. Recovery efforts continue in Hunterdon's river communities.

Any additional information forthcoming will be available on our County Website at www.co.hunterdon.nj.us.

 

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PAST UPDATES:

MONDAY, SEPEMBER 20, 2004 - 12:30 pm

The Hunterdon County Office of Emergency Management is meeting with Municipal OEM officials to distribute Preliminary Damage Assessment Report forms, Health Department Information, and Red Cross Information. This information will also be available on our County Website at www.co.hunterdon.nj.us. The Red Cross related information will also be posted on the Central Chapter of the Red Cross' Website at: www.njredcross.org

STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION

CURRENT
RECINDED
State of New Jersey
County of Hunterdon
City of Lambertville
Borough of Stockton
Borough of Frenchtown

ACTUAL FLOOD LEVELS

National Weather Service advises the following actual official crest amounts for the flooding:

Town
1955 Flood
Flood Stage
Actual Level
Milford
30 Feet ?
20 feet
Estimate 20 to 21 feet
Frenchtown
27.8 feet
16 feet
20.7 feet
Stockton
28.4 feet
18 feet
22.5 feet
Lambertville
24.3 feet
13 feet
Estimate 16 to 17 feet


SHELTERS

There are currently no shelters open. Previously shelters were open at South Hunterdon High School, Delaware Township School, and Kingwood Firehouse.

EVACUATIONS

Town
Evacuated
Current Status
Frenchtown Borough
30 Homes
Most are back as of 09/20/04
Kingwood Township (Byram)
12 Homes
-
Stockton Borough
150 to 200 persons
Most are back as of 09/20/2004
Lambertville City
40 Homes
-

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2004 - 4:35 pm

The Hunterdon County OEM continues to monitor the flooding situation. The State of New Jersey, County of Hunterdon, City of Lambertville, and Borough of Stockton have declared a State of Emergency.

One shelter is currently OPEN.

Updated flood information is as follows:

The National Weather Service has advised us that Tocks Island and Belvidere have crested. Riegelsville appears to have crested. Once the water level has come to the high water level it will last for approximately 10 to 15 hours.

Town
Flood Stage
Forecasted River Height
1955 Flood Level
Milford
20 Feet
23.7 feet at 3:30 pm
30 Feet
Frenchtown
16 Feet
22.4 Feet at 4:30 pm
27.8 Feet
Stockton
18 Feet
25.5 feet at 6:30 pm
28.4 Feet
Lambertville
13 Feet
18.2 feet at 8:30 pm
24.3 Feet

Press Release issued 09/19/04 at 3:17 pm by Hunterdon County OEM

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2004 - 8:30 am

The Hunterdon County OEM continues to monitor the flooding situation. The State of New Jersey, County of Hunterdon, City of Lambertville, and Borough of Stockton have declared a State of Emergency.

One shelter is currently OPEN.

Updated flood information is as follows:

The National Weather Service has advised us that Tocks Island in North Jersey has crested. They expect Riegelsville to crest at approximately Noon at 33 feet, their current level is approximately 30 feet.

Town
Flood Stage
Forecasted River Height
1955 Flood Level
Milford
20 Feet
25 to 26 feet by 1:00 pm
Unknown
Frenchtown
16 Feet
23 to 24 Feet by 2:00 pm
27.8 Feet
Stockton
18 Feet
26 to 27 feet by 3:00 pm
28.4 Feet
Lambertville
13 Feet
20 to 21 feet by 4:00 pm
24.3 Feet

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SUNDAY, SSEPTEMBER 19, 2004 - 12:00 AM

The Hunterdon County OEM continues to monitor the flooding situation. The State of New Jersey, County of Hunterdon, City of Lambertville, and Borough of Stockton have declared a State of Emergency.

Evacuations are taking place for selected areas. Citizens have been notified. Three shelters have been established for the following:

Updated flood information is as follows:

Town
Flood Stage
Forecasted River Height
1955 Flood Level
Milford
20 Feet
27 feet by 3:00 pm
Unknown
Frenchtown
16 Feet
23.4 Feet by 4:00 pm
27.8 Feet
Stockton
18 Feet
27 feet by 5:00 pm
28.4 Feet
Lambertville
13 Feet
19.2 feet by 6:00 pm
24.3 Feet

 

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2004 - 7:20 PM

The National Weather Service is advising that the flooding will be "MAJOR FLOODING NOT SEEN SINCE AUGUST 1955 EXPECTED ALONG THE DELAWARE RIVER". If you live in an area along the Delaware River please be prepared to evacuate if needed. National Weather Service has advised of the following information:

Town
Flood Stage
Forecasted River Height
1955 Flood Level
Milford
20 Feet
27 to 28 Feet
Unknown
Frenchtown
16 Feet
24.2 Feet
27.8 Feet
Stockton
18 Feet
27 to 28 Feet
28.4 Feet
Lambertville
13 Feet
19.9 Feet
24.3 Feet

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2004 - 5:35PM

National Weather Service has advised the Hunterdon County Office of Emergency Management of MAJOR FLOODING that will be occurring along the Delaware River. They are advising that the flooding will be at least 2 foot higher than the 1996 flooding and cresting sometime Sunday evening. The Hunterdon County Office of Emergency Management will be activated overnight and will be monitoring the situation and be in contact with all effected municipalities. If you believe you may be effected by this flooding please begin to make arrangements for evacuation if it is needed.

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USEFUL LINKS:

National Weather Service - Mount Holly: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/phi/

Family Disaster Plans: http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/preparedness_fampln.html

Flooding Information (pdf file): "Floods - the Awesome Power"

Hunterdon County Municipal OEM Contact Information

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HELPFUL INFORMATION FROM THE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT:

With floodwaters come some serious health considerations. Take the Necessary Steps to Protect Your Health - pdf file

Basement Flood Cleanup - Step by Step Guide.

Coliform Bacteria in Drinking Water - Fact Sheet

What to do with Refrigerated or Frozen Food after Loss of Electricity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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