News Release 8/28/11 3pm
Mayor Jim Cahill has signed an emergency declaration restricting travel on City streets to emergency response personnel until 6 am Monday Aug. 29, 2011. The City has experienced flooding and downed trees and power lines due to Hurricane Irene that moved through the area Saturday night and Sunday morning. The Raritan River has flooded areas of state Route 18 and is expected to continue to rise. Route 18 North is closed north of the George Street Interchange, by Douglas Campus while Route 18 South is closed South of Huntington Street to Newell Avenue. If you have an emergency call 9-1-1. The City is accessible via Route 18 South from Piscataway, Livingston Avenue, and Easton Avenue.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the following areas last night at 2 am; 5-10 Denis Street, 100 Hiram Square, 33 Commercial Avenue, and Riverside Apartments. The City cannot guarantee its ability to rescue people who fail to abide by mandatory evacuation orders.
“We are asking residents to use an abundance of caution and common sense in the wake of this storm. Skies may clear but dangers still exist in our area. If you have been ordered to evacuate, please do so immediately. If you are not personally involved with emergency response activities, please stay in your home until Monday morning. Your cooperation will ensure a safer and faster response by City, County and State emergency response personnel,” said Mayor Jim Cahill.
PSE&G and the City’s Shade Tree Division are busy clearing fallen trees and power lines.
The New Brunswick Water Utility does not anticipate the need for any restrictions at this time.
However, customers may want to store some water in their homes as a precaution. Residents can park their vehicles in a New Brunswick Parking Authority deck for free until Tuesday, August 30, excluding the Ferren Mall Deck.
“City offices will be open regular hours on Monday and we hope residents and businesses begin to return to their normal routines. Monday morning’s rush hour is expected to be difficult with road closures and traffic delays. We would ask our commuting population to stagger their morning drive in to help prevent traffic bottlenecks due to the closure of Route 18,” Cahill said