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HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ
Last Updated: Wednesday July 12, 2006

2006 FLOODING OF THE DELAWARE RIVER

Lambertville City
City of Lambertville (south end)
Photo Courtesy of Civil Air Patrol

 


CURRENT SITUATION REPORT:

President Declares Major Disaster For New Jersey
FEMA Press Release Date: July 7, 2006

WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of New Jersey. The assistance will supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on June 23, 2006, and continuing.

FEMA Director R. David Paulison said the assistance was authorized under a major disaster declaration issued for the State of New Jersey by President Bush. The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Hunterdon, Mercer, and Warren counties.

The assistance, to be coordinated by FEMA, can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration also will be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance. click for more....

Information and Assistance Available from FEMA

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PAST REPORTS/UPDATES:

PRESS RELEASE HUNTERDON COUNTY OEM
June 30, 2006 -
1600 hours
County OEM Coordinator William Powell

With the river going back down from the devastating floods, the Hunterdon County Office of Emergency Management staff is working with local emergency management officials to begin the recovery process in the affected municipalities of West Amwell Township, Lambertville City, Delaware Township, Stockton Borough, Kingwood Township, Frenchtown Borough, Alexandria Township, Milford Borough, and Holland Township.

The regional shelter located in Delaware Township has been reduced to 7 residents with the hope of closing it by days end.

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management personnel along with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency performed preliminary damage assessments today throughout the County.

Residents with affected properties are advised to work with your municipal officials to safety and properly regain entry into your property once the flooding goes down and get the needed inspections to have electrical power and gas turned back on.

The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are working within the County assisting the affected population with various services, such as, feeding, clean up kits, and family services.

Residents with any questions should contact their Municipal Office of Emergency Management.

 

MEMORANDUM
To:
Municipal OEM, Fire, Rescue, Police
From: Bill Powell, County Coordinator
Regarding: Delaware River Forecast
Date: June 28, 2006 – 2330 hours

At 2315 hours on June 28, 2006 I contacted the National Weather Service – Mount Holly and spoke with the Warning Coordination Meteorologist. He advised me of the following current levels, forecast levels, and forecast crest times. He also advised that they have begun to see the river crest in Tocks Island area.

Below are the most current forecast for the Delaware River with historical information where available:

Location

Current Level

Forecast Crest Level

Time of Crest

Historical Crest
Data

Riegelsville

31.67 feet (2230)

32.30 feet

0900 on 06/29

34.07 feet 4/2005
38.85 feet 8/1955

Frenchtown

20.75 feet (2000)

23.50 feet

1100 on 06/29

23.60 feet 4/2005
27.79 feet 8/1955

Stockton

23.85 feet (2100)

27.00 feet

1200 on 06/29

26.75 feet 4/2005
28.40 feet 8/1955

Lambertville

17.33 feet (2100)

19.50 feet

1300 on 06/29

19.60 feet 4/2005
24.27 feet 8/1955

 

MEMORANDUM

To: Municipal OEM, Fire, Rescue, Police
From: Bill Powell, County Coordinator
Regarding: Delaware River Forecast
Date: June 28, 2006 – 0800 hours

At 0800 hours on June 28, 2006 I contacted the National Weather Service – Mount Holly and spoke with the Hydrologist. He advised me that they are looking at this flooding event to be worse than the April 2005 flooding event but not as bad as the 1955 flooding event.

Below are the most current forecast for the Delaware River with historical information where available:

Location

Current Level

Forecast Crest Level

Time of Crest

Historical Crest Data

Riegelsville

24.5 feet (0800)

36 feet

1 to 2am on 06/29

34.07 feet 4/2005

38.85 feet 8/1955

Frenchtown

14.7 feet (0600)

25.6 feet

2 to 3am on 06/29

23.60 feet 4/2005

27.79 feet 8/1955

Stockton

19.2 feet (0700)

27 to 28 feet

3 to 4am on 06/29

26.75 feet 4/2005

28.40 feet 8/1955

Lambertville

12.9 feet (0730)

21 to 22 feet

6 to 7am on 06/29

19.60 feet 4/2005

24.27 feet 8/1955

 

 

PRESS RELEASE HUNTERDON COUNTY OEM
June 28, 2006 0030 Hours
Deputy Coordinator Frank Veneziale

The National Weather Service has issued a FLOOD WARNING for the Delaware River. The warning is from Wednesday June 28, 2006 to Friday June 29, 2006. Flooding could reach the stage of the April 2005 flooding event. Minor flooding has already begun and major flooding is forecast for the area. County Emergency Management Officials are monitoring weather reports as well as conducting visual checks of the river. Additional storms heading to the Central New Jersey area could prove to complicate the already rising river.

Residents are urged to start preparing themselves for floodwaters. Personal items should be packed including medications and clothing for a minimum of 72 hours. Residents living near the affected areas should be ready to evacuate immediately upon request of local Emergency Management or in the event that their location becomes unsafe.

The County Emergency Management Office is in contact with local Emergency Management Officials, Fire, Rescue and Police agencies in the affected region. We are sharing new information as it becomes available to ensure an effective response to any potential emergencies that might arise. Emergency Managers from each Municipality affected by the Delaware River are reviewing and activating evacuation and sheltering plans as needed.

Residents are reminded not to call 9-1-1 for any non-emergency problems. Everyone should stay vigilant and monitor the media and emergency services personnel for updates on the flooding conditions.

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FLOOD LEVELS (from www.noaa.gov) (As of 06/28/2006 at 2330 hours)

Location

Current Level

Forecast Crest Level

Time of Crest

Historical Crest
Data

Riegelsville

31.67 feet (2230)

32.30 feet

0900 on 06/29

34.07 feet 4/2005
38.85 feet 8/1955

Frenchtown

20.75 feet (2000)

23.50 feet

1100 on 06/29

23.60 feet 4/2005
27.79 feet 8/1955

Stockton

23.85 feet (2100)

27.00 feet

1200 on 06/29

26.75 feet 4/2005
28.40 feet 8/1955

Lambertville

17.33 feet (2100)

19.50 feet

1300 on 06/29

19.60 feet 4/2005
24.27 feet 8/1955

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SHELTERS

Delaware Township Fire Hall
761 Route 523 in Sergeantsville

The Red Cross related information will also be posted on the Central Chapter of the Red Cross' Website at: www.njredcross.org

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EVACUATIONS

Evacuations are taking effect - Please contact the municipal OEM officers for additional information.

The Red Cross related information will also be posted on the Central Chapter of the Red Cross' Website at: www.njredcross.org

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