This week — almost exactly a year since the last severe flooding of the Passaic River– information has been circulating about rising water levels and evacuations in Little Falls, Lincoln Park, Wayne, Fairfield and the areas around the Passaic River and its tributaries.
As of this morning, the National Weather Service continued its flood warnings, reporting river levels of 8.7 feet (flood stage is 7.0 ft). Currently moderate flooding is occurring and major flooding is in the forecast. The river is expected to keep rising to nearly 10.2 feet by Saturday morning, with additional rises beyond that.
Passaic River anthologist Wheeler Antabanez says that “if it rains again this week things could get very ugly.”
Antabanez and his friend Mad Mike had their canoes out on the Pompton River today.
We launched at Fayette Avenue and then went under 202 into Lincoln Park. The houses are already underwater. When this next storm hits, the river is going to do some real damage. After we checked out Hoffman Grove, we took a fast ride downstream towards Two Bridges. We couldn’t get under the bridge so we portaged around and then hopped into the Passaic. The water was cold and fast, but we managed to get back to Mike’s place in Fin’s trailer park and Mad Mike drove me back to my truck.
Stay tuned for more river/flood reporting. The Flood Emergency Hotline number is 973-256-6538.