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UPDATE : Hurricane Ida Causes damage in Ridgewood and Across the State

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, there were reports of deaths in parts of New Jersey as remnants of Hurricane Ida caused damage all across the state Wednesday. According CBS News Passaic Mayor Hector Lora confirmed to CBS2 that they have reports of multiple fatalities in their downtown area.

Sources claimed  they are believed to have been in their cars and swept away in the flash flooding. Emergency responders in Passaic were also sent to rescue multiple people from their homes.

Just after 10 p.m., last night Governor Phil Murphy announced he was declaring a state of emergency in response to the storm.

Ridgewood  and surrounding towns took there usual beating . There are  reports of downed trees , intermittent power outages ,  and Ridgewood High School Stadium  and Village Hall parking lot flooded like always .

Due to high winds, there may be power outages.  Please stay away from downed wires.  Plan ahead and know where your flashlights are located.  If you experience a power outage, please DO NOT CALL 911 and do not call the Police Department unless there is an emergency.  Instead, please call PSE&G directly at 1-800-436-7734 or text OUT to 47734.  You may also report your power outage and check the status with PSE&G’s mobile app or by visiting  

If your entire neighborhood has a power outage, every household should contact PSE&G, so that they are aware of it.  This assists PSE&G in sending crews to various areas.

If a tree comes down and it pulls down wires, PSE&G must first turn the electricity on the wires off, and then our tree crews can come in to cut up the tree.  Depending on the number of trees that come down in the storm and the number of homes without power, this could take several days.

Additional tips:

1. Keep your electronic devices charged

2. If you have a storm drain near your home, please take responsibility for removing any leaves, branches, or debris that are now blocking it BEFORE the heavy rain arrives. Our DPW will not be able to do this once the heavy rains are upon us tonight.

3. Keep your buckets of recyclables or yard waste on YOUR side of the curb, not in the street where rushing waters could overturn them.

4. Observe and obey all police barrier signs that are set up to close access to streets.  These barriers are put up for your safety, as there may be downed trees or wires on that portion of the street.

5. Take in or stack any loose outdoor furniture that could “take off” in a strong wind.

6.  Please remember to check on your neighbors during the storm.

11 thoughts on “UPDATE : Hurricane Ida Causes damage in Ridgewood and Across the State

  1. Where is that pretty lake?

  2. I wonder if we will be reminded that the Village remains under Stage II water restrictions.

  3. How did the floodgates hold up.

  4. are they using the boat that they bought.

  5. The village hall get any water in the basement.

  6. How many village cars were lost this time because the left them in the lot. Again.

  7. Yawn just another 700 K for various
    Plastic grass and rubber crumb toxic
    UnderLayment release down stream
    And down streets

  8. The village cars were parked up on the grassy knoll this time…

  9. Why weren’t the village cars parked in the GINORMOUS GARAGE ?

  10. “Why weren’t the village cars parked in the GINORMOUS GARAGE ?”

    Parking ticket sharks work even during tropical storms………………they eat their own.

    It would be Ridgewood blackmailing itself.

  11. Hummmm, right

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