After the Flood Followup - Cleaning and
getting back to normal life along the river, plus further updates to
- August 1 - After flood
cleanup of debris on the bridge - costly and time-consuming. Could it have been prevented?
- July 8 - new page -
planning for next
- July 8
- Dealing with FEMA and your insurance company
- July 7 - From Mayor
Ron Sworen - Frenchtown
Included in Federal Disaster Area due to Flood Damage
and more IMPORTANT information for residents...
- July 7 - From MTP
Video - http://mtpvideo.net/flood.html
- July 7 - Web site
traffic - over 6,000 displays of this page by
The boro has placed four dumpsters in appropriate
areas around town.
River Road, Railroad
Ave., Front Street & Lott Street.
- To volunteer to help
with the cleanup this weekend, Contact the Borough Clerk at
Frenchtown Borough Hall or
WEBMASTER (subject: Frenchtown Cleanup) and we will forward
your offer to the Boro Hall and get back to you with details.
- Photos - new
photos of Route 32 damage and Frenchtown cleanup coming soon.
- July 3 - Fire Department
photos added to website
Sunday, July 2, 2006 - Frenchtown Bridge
- The Frenchtown-Uhlerstown
Bridge across the (formerly flooded) Delaware River is now open.
- However, PA Route 32 (River
to Milford is NOT open - and will not be for quite a while. A large
section of the road is simply gone...
- PA Route 32 SOUTH is open -
at least for the first few miles.
- The road to The Uhlerstown
Covered Bridge over the canal is NOT open; the flood washed out a
30-yard section and it will
not be passable until some major excavation and paving work is done;
same as after the last two floods.
- We have added another aerial
photograph of the Post
Office and Trenton Avenue Area
- Frenchtown.com's Flood
Central Information page has been displayed 4500 times since it was
first posted five days ago.
- We have added a second page
of 4 new aerial photographs
- State Route 29 is now open
from Frenchtown to Lambertville. "The whole route is open" according to
NJ State Police.
- The Frenchtown bridge is NOT
open as of 1 pm Sunday.
pm, Saturday, July 1, 2006
Update: Friday 1:00
- Frenchtown bridge
remains closed as of this evening, but could be open by early afternoon
on Sunday - as soon as the debris removal is completed.
- Bridge Street is
reopened to the Frenchtown Inn.
- Route 29 is still not open
clear to Lambertville. Use State highway 12 and County route 519 or US
- The Center Bridge in
Stockton and the Bridge at Milford are open.
- The Frenchtown Inn is
open for Saturday lunch and dinner (but will be closed for vacation
until July 12)
Red Cross came to town with cleanup kits, bottled water,
and support supplies for residents' cleanup needs
- The Salvation Army
showed up with a truck and volunteers and passed out home made hot
sandwiches and drinks. Thanks!
- The Frenchtown Post Office
remains closed and is serving residents from the Milford Post Office
- Most of the water has
drained from flooded areas, and it did not leave as much mud and muck
behind as the last time.
- The Frenchtown Fire Company
has pumped out many basements of most affected homes in need of
assistance and will be finishing up tomorrow
- After 12 hours at 33 feet,
Rieglesville Bridge water level has dropped
rapidly to below 21 feet.
Update: Thursday 10:30 am
- Rigelsville Bridge reached
33 feet at 9:30 am Thursday.
- Route 12 to Frenchtown is
closed at Baptistown. Traffic is being
diverted via County Road 519.
- News Center 4 Van just left
town headed east. Watch for their reports
- Floating propane tanks are
a serious danger - watch out for them coming
down the river, or banging around in your back yards...
- Victor has offered the use
of his gas-powered water pump. Contact
webmaster for details.
- The only two bridges open
across the river are 202 at Lambertville/New
Hope and 78 at Phillipsburg/Easton
- Riegelsville Bridge crested
at 33 at 8 am on Thursday, but, after 12 hours at 33 feet, has dropped
rapidly to below 21 feet by 1:00 am Friday... On September 19, 2004, the Riegelsville
bridge crested at 31 feet.
First Report: Wednesday
- 10:00 pm official bridge
reading 21 feet.
- Currently, the flood
is expected Crest between noon and at 2 pm on Thursday - possibly as
high as 30
- According to the State
Police, Route 29 between Lambertville and
Frenchtown is closed, bridges at
Stockton and Lambertville are also closed and "conditions are worse there" than in
- Bridge at Belvidere will be
- Frenchtown Post Office will
be closed today. Staff and services are
moving to Milford until it is safe to return.
- At 8:00 am, the
Frenchtown bridge to PA was closed.
- At 9:00 am, the waters
had reached 16.55 feet
- cresting expected at
3 am Thursday
- Riegelsville bridge (10
miles north) passed flood stage of 22 feet at 5 am Wednesday, was at 28
feet by 11 am and was rising at a rate of one foot per hour.
PHOTOS PAGES - Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
- The Frenchtown
Bridge was closed at
8:00 Wednesday morning, June 28, 2006
- Many homes south of Bridge
Street were flooded by midday Wednesday. See aerial
photographs for details
- The flood crested slowly
Thursday and stayed at high level with the river flowing at over 50
mph, carrying debris from up north. This time, it was mostly trees and
branches, but docks, canoes and lumber flowed past as well.
- The river rose to within
only a few feet of the bridge deck as of noon Friday, then began to
- Maintenance crews worked
Saturday and Sunday to remove debris from the bridge pylons.
- The Frenchtown bridge
reopened at 5 pm Sunday, July 2, 2006
for local residents:
found or have been sent:
FAQ / Q
& A from
Q: Is the bridge open yet?
A: Friday noon: No.
Although the river is going down rapidly, and the bridges are no longer
in imminent danger, the local bridges will not likely open until they
are checked out for stability by the Bridge Commission and the roads on
both sides of the river are open for normal traffic. We suggest anyone
needing to cross the river use the Route 202 bridge at
Lambertville/New Hope or I-78 bridge at Phillipsburg/Easton.
Q: Is Route 29 Open south of
Frenchtown - as of Friday?
A: NO. Although open for some stretches, Route 29 south of
Frenchtown is still closed for much of the route between Frenchtown and
Stockton. Route 29 at Byram is still under water, Stockton has suffered
County highway 519 south from Baptistown (3 miles east of Frenchtown on
Route 12) is open to Route 29 in Stockton, but may be impassable
through Stockton itself. The water is receding rapidly, and most roads
should be passable by some time over this weekend.
Q: I have some photos of
Frenchtown - would you like to post them?
A: Yes. Please contact
webmaster of Frenchtown.com Include
and descriptions. I will post - and credit - all that I can.
Q: I heard reports about
large fish swimming in the flood waters. Is that true?
A: Yes. Andy saw some in the flooded Frenchtown Inn
Parking lot, Dave saw some swimming through a neighbor's garden, a
Fireman I spoke to saw a large one splashing in the flooded roadway
near the post office, I personally saw 4 very large - (20") carp in a
flooded yard south of town. Yes. There were some very large fish
swimming in the relatively still waters out of the main rushing river.
Q: Was anyone hurt?
A: Not that I know of.
Q: Are you paid to do this?
A: No. Frenchtown.com is a voluntary community service.
However, if anyone would like to help defray the costs, donations are
more than welcome and greatly appreciated - via PayPal transfer to
email@example.com subject: "In support of Frenchtown.com"
Q: When was this bridge
A: This 6 span Warren truss type riveted steel structure
was built in 1931 on the original piers which were put in place in
1841. Although the original wooden covered bridge on this site was
severly damaged during the flood of 1903, the bridge suffered little
damage during the flood of August 1955 and no appreciable damage since
then. It was restored/repainted a few years ago with modifications made
to the roadway width and walkway.
Flooding of the Delaware
River is becoming all to familiar to us,
with three major 'fifty-year' floods in less than 22 months.
(but more about that later)
to & from Frenchtown Residents
pm Wednesday: Message from a
local resident: a request for HELP.
"My friends are looking for a
temporary home for two coy (KOI) fish that live in Frenchtown. Until
river recedes, these fish must be evacuated from their pond on Trenton
avenue and can go back to their original home/owners once river goes
down.....If anyone can help...Please let me know.....They have been
transported into a cooler for now."
and Redder" - the Coy Koi of Frenchtown, are
safe and sound and are enjoying their hotel room at the National hotel,
only a few blocks from their home. We have received offers of
assistance from Koi lovers and appreciate them, but for the time being,
it seems as though they will be just fine. Their home was spared and
they will returning to their pond as soon as the flood waters recede
and their pond is properly cleaned and prepared for them. This is their
third flood and they are getting used to it..
Watch these pages for photos
stories of Frenchtown's famous Koi who survived the last THREE
Bridge was closed at
8:00 Wednesday morning due to the fact that Route 32 in PA was already
flooded and closed
both north and south of Frenchtown.
Wednesday, The water level of the Delaware River at Frenchtown was
Stage" for Frenchtown bridge
is 16 feet...
At 24 feet,
Front Street and Railroad Avenue will be flooded.
Frenchtown Floods history:
"50-year" flood *
part of bridge
parts of town, damaged homes
parts of town
|Crested - officially "a major flood"
that 'official' water level readings vary
quite widely, depending upon the source, and cannot be fully relied
upon. Suffice it to say, the
water did not breach the old railbed, now known as the bike path or
(popularly, but inaccurately as ) the 'tow path'.
That means that much of Frenchtown is safe - again. However, homes and
buildings south of Bridge Street did suffer about the same
inconvenience and damage as during the last two floods. ALL homes on
the river side of the railbed are currently - and quite literally - "in
the river" and under 5-6 feet of water.
This flood has exhibited an "extended crest" period - over a number of
hours and is expected to continue to recede at this time.
See the past 24
Bridge - the closest
monitored bridge to the north.
Frenchtown Bridge Photos can be seen at
the Frenchtown Cafe
on Bridge Street.
western spans of this bridge, built in 1841, were washed away
during the 24.4 foot flood of