Tropical Storm Elsa, along with two other storms, led to 3.74 inches of rain in Hoboken in 24 hours


Tropical Storm Elsa, along with two other storms, led to 3.74 inches of rain in Hoboken over a 24-hour period between Thursday and Friday, the city said in Nixle alert this afternoon.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The City of Hoboken dealt with three distinct storm events over the past 24 hours. The first occurred at around 2pm on Thursday, the second began around 5:30pm on Thursday, and the third was Tropical Strom [sic] Elsa which reached Hoboken around 1am on Friday,” the alert begins.

“In total, Hoboken received 3.74 inches of rain in less than 24 hours, with the most intense rain falling around 5:30pm on Thursday. The intensity of the rain on Thursday night was measured as the fifth most intense rain storm event since 2016 with peak intensity reaching 2.92 inches/hr.”

The Nixle continues that both city pumps were operational, each with a capacity to pump 50 million gallons of water daily, while their two resiliency parks are each able to store 700,000 gallons of water.

They added that most of the flooding was in Southwest Hoboken and that the city’s office of emergency management, along with police and fire departments as well as PSE&G, were on call in case of an emergency, though none were recorded.

The city also cited their ongoing partnership with the North Hudson Sewerage Authority and their $230 million Rebuild by Design project as evidence they are making major investments into flood prevention.

With that said, it was inevitable that some Mile Square City residents that got caught in the rain last night were going to be displeased.

“Yearly video of our temporary waterfront property…although this is the 4th time this year. #Elsa #Hoboken #flooding #staysafe,” tweeted user Jaime D.

“Another ’50 year storm’ (not) here in Hoboken – and we’re only a few hours into several days of rain. SW Park may have helped somewhere but not Harrison St. There’s got to be a better answer than the rote “it would cost $2B to fix properly @hMAG,” wrote Justin Condon.

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