Mayor David Runfeldt
September 1, 2021
The Lincoln Park Office of Emergency Management and Lincoln Park Police Department are currently monitoring the weather forecast for today and tomorrow. At the time of this communication, the weather data suggest that we may potentially experience a flood event. Overall, 3-5” of rain (with locally higher amounts possible) is expected before the rain tapers off during the predawn hours tomorrow. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch which is in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning. A tornado warning has also been issued for Morris County through 10pm tonight.
At this time minor street flooding is all that is predicted. However, things can change quickly, so now is the time to take precautions and do what you feel you need to do to ensure the safety of your family and your property, especially if you live in a low-lying area or an area which has been susceptible to flooding in the past.
This rainstorm event has the potential to cause widespread areas of flooding. This, along with streams/creeks and rivers have the potential to overflow leading to road closures. In addition, winds may increase tomorrow night and although they won't be overly gusty, they can be enough to take down some trees and caused power outages as a result of the already saturated grounds.
We have been in touch with our liaison at Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and they have assured us that they are staffed and ready to respond to any outages caused by this storm. Flood mitigation protocols are also in place for any JCP&L properties susceptible to flooding.
In the event outages occur due to severe weather, customers without power are encouraged to report their outage by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), clicking the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com, or by texting “OUT” to 544487. Customers should immediately report downed wires to 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or call the LPPD at (973) 694-5533. Please reserve the use of 9-1-1 for emergency issues only.
Please remain diligent on the roadways and stay away from downed wires, even if you believe they are no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled with trees or other debris. Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops.
We will provide additional updates on the impact of the storm, as needed.
Mayor David Runfeldt - OEM Coordinator