BOROUGH OF PARK RIDGE
53 Park Avenue
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
FAX: (201) 391-7130
Update 10/26/12 – 4:00 PM
Dear Park Ridge Residents,
The National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center advises of the potential for a serious storm event to reach our area beginning Sunday and extending into Monday and Tuesday with heavy winds and sustained rainfall. With predictions for Hurricane Sandy to have a severe impact on New Jersey, the Park Ridge Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is working in conjunction with Bergen County OEM and the State of New Jersey OEM to monitor the track of the storm and make emergency preparations. It is currently expected that the Governor will issue a State of Emergency sometime tomorrow.
The Park Ridge DPW is checking and clearing catch basins throughout the Borough in anticipation of the storm. Residents should report any clogged catch basins to the DPW at 201-573-1800. Residents are urged to help keep catch basins clear by not putting leaves into the street this weekend. Homeowners should be sure to remove any loose branches, and ensure that gutters and leaders are clear of debris.
Should Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, electric and gas services may be impacted. Park Ridge Utilities is taking all measures necessary to prepare for the storm and to respond to any and all outages. For electric and water emergencies, residents should call the utility department at 201-391-2113. If after business hours, downed wires or power outages should be reported to Park Ridge Police non-emergency number (Central Dispatch) at 201-391-5400. PSE&G has notified the Borough of its preparations to provide emergency service. PSE&G gas customers should call the Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. This is an automated system designed to route calls to the right destination quickly, so please do not be deterred by the answering system.
Borough Officials are working with our State representatives to request the advance release of water from area reservoirs both in NJ and across the border in NY. Assemblywoman Schepisi has advised us that NY State Office of Legislative Government Affairs has confirmed that United Water has agreed to begin releasing water from Lake DeForest. In Park Ridge, we have proactively lowered the level of Mill Pond and prepared the recently purchased flood panels for the lower level doors of Borough Hall.
As with every major storm and potential flooding event, the Borough’s OEM, Police, Fire, EMS, Public Works and Utilities departments will be on duty to safeguard the Borough’s residents. If you have not signed up to receive the Borough’s emergency notifications by email or phone, please take a moment right now to do so on the Borough Website Home Page. Updates will be posted on the Borough’s Home Page as information becomes available. Residents are urged to monitor the weather reports, and make appropriate decisions regarding the safety of their families.
Terry Maguire - Mayor