TEANECK, N.J. -- Although Hurricane Joaquin is no longer expected to make landfall in the area, coastal flooding, gusty winds and rounds of rain still could occur in the area.
A swath of drenching rain will swing westward from the Atlantic Ocean, which may cause flooding, said Township Manager William Broughton.
"Please monitor your basements. Rain is likely to taper off for a time this weekend or at least become intermittent, prior to a possible return on Monday," he said.
Broughton said the town's public works department is in the process of checking and clearing more than 1,500 township storm water inlets and has checked and cleared gutters on township buildings, as well all city vehicles and equipment.
In addition, the township has placed tree contractors on alert and the health department has contacted all volunteer shelter personnel and placed on them on alert, he added.
The Emergency Management Coordinator is on standby and will continue to monitor the storm. Police officials are posting signs with information for residents, Broughton said.
He suggests residents put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, First Aid supplies and copies of critical information if there is a need to evacuate. Residents also should secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property and bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high wind.
Other practical storm-related tips include keeping your car gas tank full, stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes and having a battery-powered radio with extra batteries. Resident also should have at least one gallon of water per person available, as well as cash and credit cards.
For additional information, visit http://www.teanecknj.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.pageDetails&id=23921&typeID=270 or call 201-837-1600.