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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood OEM Coordinator Jeremy P. Kleiman says Please be aware and be safe!
With heavy rains and strong winds forecast to impact our area tomorrow into Monday, we are encouraging residents in low lying areas of the Village to take the necessary precautions in case of a flood event.
Currently, the National Weather Service is predicting 2 – 3 inches of rain fall, with locally higher amounts. Residents of the Village who live near the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook or the Saddle River, are encouraged to monitor local weather reports for weather conditions.
We also encourage all residents to sign up for the Village’s Emergency Alert Notifications through Ridgewood’s Everbridge account. The link can be found on the Village website by clicking on the red banner at the top of the homepage. In addition, you may access the registration page at the links below:
The Emergency Alert System allows the Village Office of Emergency Management, the Ridgewood Police Department, the Ridgewood Fire Department and Ridgewood Water to communicate emergency information to residents through Reverse 911 telephone calls, emails and text messages.
We also suggest residents to maintain situational awareness of potential flooding in their area by subscribing to WaterAlerts, a free mobile and desktop service of the U.S. Geological Survey, which allows you to choose local rivers and streams, set thresholds, and receive instant alerts when water levels are nearing flood stage. The link is here:
Finally, another good resource is the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service of the National Weather Service, which allows real-time monitoring of river flows:
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