Passiac River Flooding thru Paterson and Fairlawn, NJ

Paddled down the Passiac thru Paterson just as it was coming down.

Though I saw (and shot) a few flooding homes mostly I saw inconvenience, not destruction, with streets blocked off, parks, yards  and swimming pools flooding. When floodplains contain things that can be flooded like parks, pools and farms floods are messy and inconvenient.

Since Route 20 which closely follows much of the Passiac through Paterson was blocked off the trip was far quieter and more peaceful then usual.

As far as safety went, there was a lot of water but in the open river it was just water moving quickly. Still, anyone without a healthy respect for strainers could get themselves in trouble as the water was flowing hard and many feet deep thru riverside trees.

Flooded, empty and peaceful Route 20 along the Passiac

Flooded, empty and peaceful Route 20 along the Passiac

For those of you who don’t know, when water flows thru a tree it doesn’t get slowed much. Unfortunately, canoes, kayaks and people do get slowed and stopped when they get strained thru a tree, so any strainer needs to be approached with caution and anyone without the skill and experience to avoid a strainer needs to stay off a fast moving river.

Here’s some more shots from the trip.

Pictures of Passiac River Flooding September 1, 2011

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Locking the boat at the end of the trip, Broadway, Paterson.
Locking the boat at the end of the trip, Broadway, Paterson.
Above Maple Ave where i launched from. This area flloods every year.
Above Maple Ave where i launched from. This area flloods every year.
Cormorants doing their daffy duck thing...
Cormorants doing their daffy duck thing...

 

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