Approximately 68-percent of the Borough of Lincoln Park is in the 100-year floodplain (FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area). This is largely due to the presence of two of the largest (by drainage area) rivers in northern New Jersey. The Passaic River helps shape the southern municipal border while the Pompton River shapes the eastern municipal boundary.
Low-lying areas of Borough of Lincoln Park are subject to periodic flooding caused by the overflow of the Passaic River, the Pompton River, Beaver Dam Brook, East Ditch, and West Ditch. The greatest flood of record occurred in August-September 2011 when the area was impacted by Hurricane Irene. The flood peak from 1903 was formerly the flood of record on the Passaic River. Major recent floods have occurred twice in 2011, in 2010 and 2007.
The risk for flooding can vary within the same neighborhood and even property to property. When the Borough experiences a flooding event all residents are affected; roads and bridges are closed and power failures and outages may occur.
EVACUATION “WATCH” is a series of short, intermittent blasts (3-minutes) of the Fire sirens. This signal will indicate the possibility of evacuation from your area becoming necessary in the hours following.
- “SIGNAL TO EVACUATE” a three (3) minute long continuous blast of the siren. Do not hesitate to leave your home. Prolonging your departure makes access to your home by rescue workers more difficult as the storm progresses. If there are ill, elderly, or disabled persons in your home, prepare for an early evacuation, as access by ambulance also becomes difficult as the storm advances. Call the Borough Emergency numbers or the Police Dept if you require assistance.
The following major transportation routes within and nearby the Borough of Lincoln Park may be used for evacuation routes during an emergency or disaster
- Route 202 (Boonton Turnpike and Main Street): provides access towards Wayne Township (Route 23) and Montville Township (Route 287, Jacksonville Road). Intersects most other major roadways within Lincoln Park.
- Comly Road: provides access towards Route 202 (Lincoln Park) and Pequannock Township
- Jacksonville Road: provides access towards Montville Township, Kinnelon Borough and Pequannock Township
- Beaverbrook Road: provides access towards Pequannock Township and Route 202
- Ryerson Road: provides access towards Route 202 and Pequannock Township
- Two Bridges Road: provides access to Fairfield Borough and Wayne Township
- Pinebrook Road/Chapel Hill Road: provides access to Route 2020, Two Bridges Road, and West Pinebrook Road
- West Pinebrook Road: provides access to Montville Township, Two Bridges Road, Peace Valley Road, Barney Road, Pinebrook Road, Route 202
- New Jersey Transit Authority Railway and Easement: bisects the Borough of Lincoln Park, provides rail and limited vehicular transportation route towards Montville and Wayne Townships
FloodSmart - official site of the National Flood Insurance Program
- The National Flood Insurance Program | FEMA.gov
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is aimed at reducing the impact of flooding on private and public structures. This is achieved by providing affordable insurance for property owners and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations. These efforts help mitigate the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. Overall, the program reduces the socio-economic impact of disasters by promoting the purchase and retention of Risk Insurance in general, and National Flood Insurance in particular.
- Flood Safety Precautions - link to NJ Office of Emergency Management
- Assistance Update
- Disaster Assistance
- FEMA 1897-DR Disaster Declaration
- FEMA Disaster Assistance
- Flood Preparation and Safety
- Passaic River Flood Advisory Commission's 15-point Plan to Mitigate Impact of Floods in Morris, Passaic and Bergen Counties
- Pompton Lake Dam Floodgate Operations Study - Final Report
- U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans - Fact Sheet
- U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Newsletter
- What to Expect - Registering for FEMA Assistance
- 6 Ways to Protect Your Home From Flooding