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By Christopher Lotito

As of August 28, 2011; 12:00 Noon

Flood Warnings have been issued for all rivers that impact our community.  Heavy rains during the past several hours have produced between 7 and 9 inches rain across most of the Pompton River basin.  These heavy rains have caused street flooding in many areas that have not normally experienced flooding in the past.  Residents who have not been told to evacuate are advised to stay home until the storm passes and roadways have drained and been cleared of debris.

Flooded roadways produce many hazards.  Do not drive through flooded roadways - Turn Around - Don't Drown!  Do not walk through or allow children to play in flood waters as a variety of waste and contaminants may be present.  The wake caused by driving though flood water can cause additional damage to homes and cause flooding of homes that would not otherwise be impacted.  Stay out of Flood waters!

With more than 7 inches of rain in less than 18 hours, major and even record breaking floods can be expected.  The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a projection for the Pompton River at Jackson Avenue that indicates the river will crest at 24.0 feet at 8:00 AM on Monday morning.  Our experience has been that their predictions remain low in the early stages of a flood.  Flood stage of 16.0 feet was reached at 6:00 AM this morning.  The Pompton River was at 20.67 feet at 11:30 AM this morning.  We believe that the river crest will be in the early hours of Monday morning and will reach approximately 25.0 feet.  This would be a crest of about 6 inches higher than the 1984 flood and 2.5 to 3 feet higher than the spring floods in 2010 and 2011.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Harrison Road and all area's East of the Railroad and South of Jackson Avenue.  All residents within these evacuation area's need to be out of their homes at this time.  Shut gas and electric off when you leave your home.  A shelter is available at PV School for Pequannock Township residents that have no place to evacuate to.  Flood waters from the East Ditch and Beaver Brook affecting area's West of West Parkway appear to be receding at this time.

The next Flood Advisory Statement will be issued at 4:00 PM this afternoon.

Some residents are experiencing back-up's within the sewer system and reporting manhole cover's being lifted off.  The TBSA pump station is inundated, and the sewage trunk lines cannot handle the incoming water.  Please avoid contact with flood waters.

  Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock Historic District, Open Space, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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