Edgewater’s Nightmare: Torrential Floods Engulf the City in Chaos!

Nestled along the Hudson River in Bergen County, New Jersey, the borough of Edgewater boasts a waterfront location that, while picturesque, renders it highly vulnerable to the effects of storm surges and the consequences of rising sea levels due to its mere 3 feet elevation above sea level. Spanning just about 0.97 square miles in land area, with water bodies making up approximately 60.33% of its territory, the influence of aquatic environments on Edgewater is unmistakable. The evolution of Edgewater from a quaint, serene town to a burgeoning residential hub has only intensified these flood risks, as urban development continues to advance. See the Wikipedia page for more history and demographics.

If you commute down River Road in Edgewater, you know how bad the road gets whenever we’re hit with heavy rainfall. There is always a pool of water that creates hazardous conditions between the Iron Culture Gym and the Duchess Apartment Complex. Last Saturday (March 23, 2024). In this article, we aim to share insights and tools that can help everyone navigate the area effectively.

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Flash Flood Warning: Emergency Notification & PSAs

Emergency Notification Systems (ENS) and Public Service Announcements (PSAs) are pivotal in enhancing public safety and preparedness. They enable the rapid dissemination of critical information during emergencies, targeting specific geographic areas to ensure the relevance of alerts. This rapid communication helps individuals take appropriate protective actions, thereby significantly increasing public safety. Moreover, ENS and PSAs encourage a culture of preparedness among the public, reminding them to maintain emergency plans and supplies. They also support emergency responders by guiding the public on safety measures, which allows responders to concentrate on critical tasks. With the advancement in technology, these alerts can reach a broad audience through various channels, including SMS, email, social media, and traditional media, ensuring accessibility for all. Ultimately, these systems are indispensable for maintaining public morale and safety during crises, underscoring the importance of investing in and maintaining robust emergency communication systems.

Visit the Borough of Edgewater, New Jersey website to sign up for emergency notification and public service announcements.

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FEMA Flood Maps

Floods are natural disasters that can occur almost anywhere, not just near bodies of water. Common causes include heavy rainfall, inadequate drainage systems, and the impact of construction projects, which all can lead to flood damage. Communities rely on flood maps, maintained and periodically updated by FEMA, to identify areas at higher risk of flooding. These maps are crucial for understanding flood probabilities; for instance, areas with a 1% or greater annual chance of flooding are deemed high-risk zones. This implies such areas could experience flooding at least once over the span of a 30-year mortgage. It’s important to recognize that floods do not adhere to man-made boundaries like city borders or property lines. By consulting a flood map, individuals can gauge how their property relates to high-risk flood areas. While no area is entirely free from flood risk, some regions are categorized as having low to moderate risk compared to others.

Visit FEMA official site to view and obtain flood maps.

Flooded Basement: Common Scenarios for Edgewater Residents

Having a basement in your home offers a multitude of benefits, serving not only as additional storage space but also as an area that can be transformed into a livable and usable extension of your living environment. From a cozy family room, a home office, to an extra bedroom or entertainment area, the possibilities are endless. This versatility underscores the importance of ensuring that this valuable space remains both usable and livable. For residents of Edgewater, where the proximity to water bodies like the Hudson River can pose a unique set of challenges, staying vigilant about basement flooding is crucial. For those who want to read about what causes basement flooding, check out the previous blog post here.

In Edgewater, common scenarios leading to a flooded basement often involve heavy rainfall, which can overwhelm the city’s drainage systems, or close proximity to water bodies that may overflow. Additionally, factors such as improper sealing of basement walls, inadequate or clogged gutter systems, and the impact of nearby construction disrupting natural water flow can significantly increase the risk of basement flooding. Each of these scenarios underscores the necessity for proactive measures—like installing sump pumps, ensuring proper grading around the home’s foundation, and regular maintenance of gutters and downspouts—to mitigate the risk and protect your basement from water damage.

Understanding these risks and preparing accordingly can help maintain your basement as a valuable component of your home, preserving its functionality and ensuring that it remains a safe, dry, and comfortable space for whatever use you have in mind.

If you’re dealing with water accumulation in your yard or moisture in your basement, explore our French drain installation services and basement waterproofing solutions to see how we can assist you.

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Choosing the Right Water Damage Restoration Company

When faced with water damage in your home or business, selecting the right restoration company is crucial to mitigate damage, restore your property efficiently, and prevent future issues. Choose a company that provides a thorough assessment of the damage, including hidden areas of moisture that could lead to mold growth.

Look for Specialization

Choose a company that specializes in water damage restoration. Their expertise in dealing with various water damage scenarios ensures a comprehensive and effective restoration process.

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Verify Certifications

Ensure the company has professionals certified by recognized institutions like the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Certifications indicate adherence to industry standards.

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24/7 Emergency Services

Water damage doesn’t wait; hence, it’s vital to select a company offering 24/7 emergency services. A swift response can prevent further damage and reduce restoration costs.

Local Presence

A local company with a quick response time is preferable. They can arrive on-site promptly and are familiar with the local climate and environmental factors contributing to water damage.

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Read Customer Reviews

Online reviews on platforms like Google, Yelp, and social media can provide insights into the company’s reliability, quality of work, and customer service.

Based on 36 reviews
Mike Vanderbeek
Mike Vanderbeek
I called them a month ago because of flooding in my basement. They were here within an hour to assess the damage and were on top of the problem immediately. We still have a long way to go but I couldn't be happier with the service so far. Dale handles so much of the background details that I could have never done myself. He handles most of the homeowners insurance issues, handles storage, and a whole lot more. If there were more stars available I would give it to them
Hyo Kahng
Hyo Kahng
24/7 emergency on-call staff were friendly. Swift response to mitigate and remediate the water damage at my house
Maria Zabatino
Maria Zabatino
Thank you to Max and the FloodCo team for resolving the issues in my bathroom timely and professionally. They made sure everything was completed and were always on time.
eric aitkens
eric aitkens
Thank you for everything.  Max and his guys were awesome. Very little dust and paint touchup plus the floors look great. We picked a color that we didn't like once it was put on in 1 of the bedrooms but they worked with us getting the color we wanted. They even came back at 8:00 at night to fix the room that was already stained with the color we didnt like. We put it off for a long time but now that it's finished we wish we would have done it sooner.
barbara esposito
barbara esposito
Beth and Jesi saved the day😁. Max and his team were able to get this all done so quickly. The apartment looks stunning, so happy I was able to find Paul again, and all of you when I needed this work done. Could not have done it without all of you. I know who to call anytime I need work done. Thank you again👍
Bobby Del grande
Bobby Del grande
Flood Co is first in class and came the same night I called them. Definitely recommend they fix your water problems immediately.
Matt Germann
Matt Germann
I could not recommend Paul & FloodCo more. As a first-time home owner in a very old building in Hoboken, I had concerns about exposure to lead paint and lead dust. Paul arrived quickly and provided an assessment at no cost - then simply told me I had nothing to worry about and went on his way. I could have easily been persuaded to hire his team for work that ultimately was unnecessary, but he was honest and provided me with a huge sense of relief instead. I will surely call him again for any future concerns or work needed to be done.
Joy Kraft
Joy Kraft
10/10 would recommend Paul & his team to anyone looking to repurpose their hardwood floors! My husband and I recently closed on a condo in Hoboken and the floors were in pretty rough shape but they got them looking brand new & the exact color we were looking for. Becky was very responsive and helpful, and Max was always on time and got things done ahead of schedule. They were able to squeeze us in right away so we were able to get the floors finished before our move. Would definitely work with them again in the future!
Mark Foisey Jr.
Mark Foisey Jr.
FloodCo is a great referral partner of mine. Being in the Real Estate Industry it is imperative to have the resources at hand when an at-home crisis occurs. Flooding is a very big deal along the waterfront and in the suburbs... FloodCo is great at assessing the problem at hand and then taking quick action on it.
Sara Driver
Sara Driver
Max the floor stainer is a amazing. Really professional, an artist and wonderfully responsive. It was a pleasure to work with him and this company in general. Becky, Kerri and Paul are all very good and answered any of my concerns right a way!!

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A reputable water damage restoration company will have experience working with insurance companies and can help you navigate the claims process, making it smoother and less stressful.

Choosing the right water damage restoration company involves careful consideration of their expertise, services offered, customer feedback, and how they handle costs and insurance claims. Taking the time to select a reputable company can significantly impact the speed and success of your property’s restoration, ultimately saving time, money, and ensuring peace of mind.