As you know, our township dealt with record flooding on September 1st, similar to many other communities throughout NJ and NY. Tragically, 2 people in our immediate area lost their lives due to the devastation. Our hearts go out to the families of these victims.
If your home has been flooded, please follow these tips found on the CDC website about cleaning up after a flood: Reentering Your Flooded Home | CDC. Please also contact your homeowner’s insurance agent to make a claim and, once it is safe to do so, take photos of all damage in your home. You should also make a list of all personal items which were damaged in storm, to add them to your claim.
For those residents who are without power and cannot find shelter with friends or family, the Riegel Ridge Community Center is available for use as an emergency shelter and/or just to freshen up. Please contact the Division of Emergency Management at (908) 995-4670 for further information.
As of Sept. 3rd, the following Holland Township roads remain closed due to either flood damage or downed power lines:
OLD RIVER ROAD
627 (Milford Line)
SWEET HOLLOW RD.
To assist in the cleanup efforts, the Recycling Center will be open this weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 8a.m. to 5p.m. with the need for passes suspended for Holland resident. Although no passes are required, please bring your ID with you to prove residency.
An extra dumpster will be placed at the Holland Fire Department. We are also looking into placing a dumpster in hard hit areas of the township, such as River Road, to make it easier for residents to dispose of refuse from the storm. Please check the Holland website for updates.
The Holland Police, Milford-Holland Rescue Squad, and the Holland Fire Department did a tremendous job coming to the rescue. The Holland Police rescued 7 people who were stranded in their cars during the flooding, and several from homes. These first responders deserve our heartfelt gratitude. Please keep in mind that the Milford-Holland Rescue Squad and the Holland Fire Dept. are run exclusively by volunteers. Please consider donating to both of these organizations, if you are able to do so.
On a final note, please support your friends and neighbors who have been impacted by this devastating storm. Our community is strong and we will come through this challenge.