US: Residents in flood-prone towns along the Passaic River and its tributaries in New Jersey will now have access to new online mapping tools to determine what roads and neighborhoods are likely to flood from an oncoming storm. The interactive flood inundation maps unveiled by state and federal agencies will also aid the towns’ emergency management officials to plan evacuations and road closures. “It takes some of the speculation out of it, not waiting for the last minute to evacuate. This tool certainly will be a big benefit to us and our residents,” said Katie Cole, mayor of Pompton Lakes.
Because the maps provide a visual forecast, they might make it easier for officials to persuade people to evacuate, which in turn reduces the risks and dangers for emergency personnel who must rescue stranded residents in the middle of major flooding. The new maps cover portions of 20 Passaic basin towns, including counties like Clifton, Garfield, Elmwood Park, Paterson, Passaic, Riverdale, Bloomingdale, Pompton Lakes, Wayne, Pequannock, Upper Saddle River, Saddle River, Woodland Park, Totowa and Little Falls.
Source: North Jersey