Hurricane Irene Hits New Jersey. Rahway Floods. Updated 8-29

hurricaneJust got word from my family up in Jersey. Power is out in their part of Rahway and they are not expecting it back on for a couple of days. The streets are also flooded as you can see in this pic my sister got out just before the power died. Her last Facebook post kinda spells out what the picture hints at:

“NJ is just not good for hurricanes! I've seen more flooding with this small Cat 1 hurricane than I've seen with a 2 in Florida!”

When I spoke with them last night they were spinning yarns about folks at the grocery store stocking up on meat and milk rather than non-perishable hurricane supplies.

The hearts and thoughts of all of us here at GUO go out to everyone affected by Irene. Being Florida residents, we’re very aware of how much of a mess even a small storm can cause. Remember to REST. Storms like these can create a lot of work and even more stress. Trying to carry on while exhausted will just lead to sloppy work, potential injury, and a short fuse. Don’t over do it.

*Update: Power is back on already. Kudos to PSE&G for beating their repair estimate by a day and a half!

Flood safety

Following is a list of important considerations that should be followed during times of flooding:

1. Keep children away from flood waters, ditches, culverts and storm drains.

2. Evacuate the flood hazard area in times of impending flood or when advised to do so by the police or fire department.

3. In your home, turn off flood prone electrical circuits and shut off the water and gas service valves.

4. Do not walk through flowing water.  Currents can be deceptive; six-inches of moving water can sweep you off your feet.

5. Do not drive through a flooded area.  More people drown in their cars than anywhere else.  Do not drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.  If your car stalls in high water, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground.

6. During times of heavy rainfall monitor the level of water in the drainage way.

7. Plan escape routes to high ground.

8. Know the following flood warning system.

There is a regional shelter open for those who need it at the Clark Municipal Building 430 Westfield Avenue Clark, New Jersey.

Link to New Jersey office of Emergency Management

PSE&G's Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG. Call this number to report power outages or downed wires.


  1. That kid in the boat is me! I am a star again on your blog. YAY! There was so many people stop and taping us and they might of posted it on a news station in NJ. I am a star! I am a great big shinning star! YAY!

  2. LOL! You watch that battery power, Big Guy!

  3. Im glad to see rahway neighbors come together and help eachother out during this ruff time. Id like to thank Charnel, Lisa, Barbara, and the many other neighbors that kept my spirits up and looked out fir me. They are true neighbors and they are my friends. I love you guys! ~B

  4. You forgot the hurricane list. 1. grap as many beers as you can and run like hell! I got it from a sign on a door of my friend's house. That rule is for mom.