From Paterson to Pemberton, Hurricane Irene is “devastating”
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 The damaged historical documents were being stored on the floor in the station’s basement.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.