Trenton, N.J. – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced that residents who evacuated from the Island neighborhood over the last few days are cleared to return to their homes now that water levels have steadily decreased.
Mayor Gusciora declared a State of Emergency effective 6:00 p.m. Wednesday and encouraged residents in flood-prone areas along the Delaware River, such as the Island neighborhood, to begin making arrangements to evacuate. The Trenton Police Department then went door to door advising residents of the situation and providing relevant information, including shelter and evacuation procedures.
"We're grateful that the storm spared us some of the damage we have seen across the state," said Mayor Gusciora. "We thank the Trenton Police Department, the Trenton Fire Department and other emergency personnel who worked around the clock to keep our neighborhoods safe and risked their lives rescuing drivers who were trapped by the floods. We also thank the residents who cooperated with first responders to ensure we were as prepared as possible for this storm. Anyone who still needs help can reach out to the Office of Emergency Management right now."
Water levels peaked at 20.76 feet last night - just below dangerous flood thresholds - and have been decreasing since then.
Trenton did not need to shut down electricity in high-risk regions as was initially planned Thursday morning. Gas is already being restored to riverside properties. Evacuated residents who still need their keys can pick them up at Trenton Police Headquarters at 225 N Clinton Ave.
Anyone still dealing with downed trees, flooding, and other weather-related damage should reach out to the Office of Emergency Management at (609) 989-4200.
Residents are still strongly encouraged to sign up for the City’s Emergency Broadcast System for future updates: