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From Paterson to Pemberton, Hurricane Irene is “devastating”

September 2, 2011

Flooding in Paterson (Image courtesy of ctpost.com)

PNJ continues to receive updates regarding the affects of Hurricane Irene and her aftermath on NJ’s historic treasures. The federal government officially declared New Jersey a disaster area on Wednesday of this week, and in many parts of the state, the news is not good.

One of the hardest-hit places: Paterson, home of such celebrated landmarks as the new Great Falls National Park and Hinchliffe Stadium. President Obama will visit the city on Sunday, but much of the overflowing Passaic River may remain in the streets even then.

In Hopwell Township, the towpath separating the Delaware and Raritan Canal from the Delaware River gave way. 90 feet of canal bank and towpath were washed away. The canal is now drained in some areas,  and significantly eroded at the breach site.

In Hammonton, Batsto Village, a state park renowned for its tours and educational programs, was flooded and is closed pending investigation and restoration.

And a heartbreaking report out of Pemberton: the weekend storm flooded out the basement of the North Pemberton Railroad Station, a restored historic site owned by the municipality, damaging scores of historical books, logs and photographs. The damaged historical documents were being stored on the floor in the station’s basement. Members of the Pemberton Historic Trust are attempting to dry out some of the irreplaceable archives.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on the impacts of recent natural events on historic New Jersey.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2011 12:33 pm

    The National Trust’s Northeast Field Office has announced the availability of emergency intervention funding for historic properties damaged by Hurricane Irene. Contact the NE Field Office for info.: http://www.preservationnation.org/about-us/regional-offices/northeast/

  2. September 7, 2011 4:39 pm

    Raoul Momo in Kingston reports on terrible flood damage in his area:
    “Our restored 1860 building (Eno Terra Restaurant) on the D/R Canal, experienced a flood like never really seen in the last 100 years. The restaurant is currently closed.
    The Millstone River rose 12 feet; and covered the RT 27 bridge completely, filling our newly constructed 3000sqft basement addition with 8 feet of water!
    The old structure (which is our bar area); we believe, was saved; thanks to the new basement! (that absorbed all the water)
    The precious 1798 stone arch bridge next to us, (that Washington had destroyed; to avoid Cornwallis’ pursuit) and adjacent Kingston Mill suffered major damage, and is crumbling into pieces in to the river.”

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