We woke up to sunshine for the first time in four days, and power suddenly popped on over on Midland Ave. in Glen Ridge, but the situation is dire over in Little Falls, where schools are closed, people have had to move to shelters and boats can be seen in front yards as the flooding reaches historic levels. Willowbook Mall was closed yesterday and will be closed again today according to a recording at the shopping center’s phone number. And many local roads are closed, including Rt. 46 between Pompon Ave. and Fairfield and sections of I-280 and Eagle Rock Ave., according to 1010WINS.
Reader Lydia Zawistowski sent us this picture of the Signac Area in Little Falls yesterday afternoon, and flood warnings are still in effect, with water elevations expected to crest at 12 feet.
The National Weather Service just issued this update at 8:40 a.m. today:
THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE PASSAIC RIVER AT LITTLE FALLS. * UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE… OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED. * AT 7:30 AM TUESDAY THE STAGE WAS 12.0 FEET. * FLOOD STAGE IS 7.0 FEET. * MAJOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MAJOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FORECAST… THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE RISING TO NEAR 12.3 FEET BY THIS EVENING THEN BEGIN FALLING.
WPIX 11 followed Little Falls Fire department Chief Jack Sweezy last night as he answered calls from homeowners to help them properly shut off their utilities before the floods.
Anyone who needs shelter should go to the Little Falls Civic Center located on Warren Street across from the library. It will remain open 24 hours.
To monitor flood levels check here.