Bloomfield Clearing Streets and Assessing Damage After Unprecedented Storm

This unoccupied car in Bloomfield was swept down Third River. Photo: Michael Stahl

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The Township is currently in the process of clearing streets of debris and assessing damage. Last night’s storm dropped an unprecedented amount of rain causing flooding, power outages and road closures.

“I have spent time this morning touring our Township to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Ida last night,” said Mayor Venezia. “There was extensive flooding throughout the Township that affected many families and businesses. If you do not need to leave your home, please stay indoors as it is unsafe to drive at this time. Sadly, we lost one resident as a result of the storm and our condolences are with their family.”

There are sporadic road closures throughout town due to debris and/or abandoned vehicles. Police are actively monitoring these situations.

The Bloomfield Fire Department has been helping residents pump their basements out and will continue to do so. Approximately 200 residents have reported basement flooding and are requesting to be pumped out, so please be patient with the public safety team.

If you are a Bloomfield resident in need of assistance call:

Police (non emergency) — 973-680-4141

DPW — 973-680-4127

PSE&G — 1-800-436-7734

Mayor Mike Venezia wrote on Facebook:

I just finished touring the township. The devastation from this storm to both public and private property was widespread. Many homes, businesses, cars, etc were completely damaged. We still have a lot of cars that are abandoned and disabled. Our FD will be out all day pumping basements, please call 973-680-4141 to get on the list. Our DPW is out cleaning debris. This will take us weeks and months to complete this clean up. Please check up on your neighbors, especially the elderly. We are all in this together. #BloomfieldStrong

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