The City of Lambertville suffered the worst flash flood in its history on Wednesday night, resulting in widespread devastation across the city. Homes and business, in all areas of Lambertville, were victims to a number of creeks and streams that overflowed into streets and homes as Tropical Storm Ida, recently downgraded from hurricane status, pounded the city with 3-4 inches of rain per hour, for a number of hours.
“We are working around the clock to make sure that help is on the way,” said Mayor Julia Fahl. “We are in communication with Governor Murphy and our Congressional delegation to receive the disaster relief that we need after this devastating storm.”
At least 25 families have been displaced from their homes due to the severity of the flooding. The City is working with the Red Cross to ensure that all displaced individuals are housed. Local business owners like Danny Whittaker and Rose Carbonara of the Lambertville Station and Frank and Jeannie Cretella of Landmark properties have also provided emergency space for residents in need.
Lambertville’s Office of Construction is working to ensure that all residents receive the assistance they will need to rebuild as swiftly as possible. Fees associated with permits will be waived for a period of time as residents work to rebuild all that they have lost.
Over 1000 homes and businesses were without power as residents attempted to remain safe as their homes filled with many inches of water. JCP&L has been able to restore power to all but approximately 300 homes at this time. Due to extreme debris in the reservoir, residents are advised to boil all water at this time.
Lambertville’s staff and Governing Body will continue to manage through the immediacy of the severe damage that Tropical Storm Ida has caused as it prepares to work through the impact of the long term rebuild process that will be required.
For more information please look to the city website (lambertvillenj.org).