Floods

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The Village of Ridgewood is Flood Prone

Flooding is the most serious hazard for the bergen county area and is a threat across the entire city year-round. A common myth is that flooding only occurs in a creek or river floodplains. Many do not realize that flooding can occur anywhere!

75% of flood fatalities are automobile related!

Never drive around a barricade. Two feet of water will carry away most automobiles and SUVs. As little as six inches of moving water can be dangerous.

Factors Associated with Flooding.

Creeks
Urban and rural creeks run through all areas of Ridgewood creating the beautiful landscape and natural water system. Unfortunately, this means we live in and near their floodplains. A floodplain is the land area these bodies of water will spill over into when it rains heavily. We can’t control a floodplain-- nature wins eventually.

Ho-Ho-Kus Brook & Saddle River River
Both Ho-Ho-Kus Brook & Saddle River River splits the village into three unpassable sections during a flood known as East of Route 17 (Glen School Area), East Central (Travell, Somerville & Hawes) and East CBD (Anything West of Ho-Ho-Kus Brook). Ridgewood OEM has a plan in place to protect residents from Fire, Police and Medical emergencies located within these sections during major floods. Residents residing within the East Central portion are advised that during a flood an island is created between the Saddle River and Ho-Ho-Kus Brook trapping people within this section. There are currently no flood prevention dams within the Village of Ridgewood. Be advised that conditions upstream will always affect portions downstream. Just because there is no flooding or rain in Ridgewood does not mean flooding cannot occur.

Suburban Flooding
Developed areas cannot absorb as much rainfall as a natural area. Water runoff in suburban areas is faster and there is much more of it, creating very dangerous conditions for people, especially drivers. Also, drainage systems can be overwhelmed, causing flooding in areas outside of floodplains.

Hurricanes & Tropical Storms
Ridgewood has experiences multiple catastrophic hurricanes, we are vulnerable to the effects of a dying hurricane or tropical storm traveling inland also.

Before a Flood
To prepare for a flood, you should:

During a Flood
If a flood is likely in your area, you should:

If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:

If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:

Driving Flood Facts
The following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions:

After a Flood
The following are guidelines for the period following a flood: