The most significant challenge Hunterdon County faced in 2021, in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic response, was when the remnants of Hurricane Ida turned deadly as it hit the area on September 1st, testing the county’s emergency response network, washing out numerous roads and bridges, and creating a massive cleanup effort in many communities.
A Deadly Storm Worse Than Sandy
Six individuals died as a result of the Hurricane Ida storm that not only brought flooding to river towns and other areas along various county waterways, but also brought an unprecedented water surge in areas that had never before seen flooding.
Public Safety and Office of Emergency Management Director Brayden Fahey called the storm, “Worse than what the county experienced from super storm Sandy in 2012. It was more deadly, caused more damage, and greatly challenged first responders because of its intensity.”
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