Flash flooding sweeps cars away, strands drivers as rain soaks N.J.
Bill Gallo Jr. | For NJ.com
By Sophie Nieto-Munoz and Bill Gallo Jr. | For NJ.com
When the rain began Saturday it seemed for a time it would never stop.
Across the state torrential rain soaked the area as line after line of thunderstorms rolled through. Particularly hard hit were areas of North Jersey where there were numerous reports of multiple cars under water and emergency officials rescuing people stuck in the floodwaters.
Caldwell took the brunt of it, with just under 5 inches of rain falling before 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
In Woodland Park there were reports of cars floating away an rescues being made by emergency personnel in boats and high-water vehicles.
A Facebook post from that area also showed vehicles being swept away by floodwaters from an auto dealership and ramming against a bridge. Flooding in the south slowed the NJ Transit Riverline for a time and made travel by vehicle anywhere hazardous because of flooded roadways and limited visibility as the heaviest of rains fell.
The American Red Cross aided 24 people from eight families in Fairview who were impacted by the severe flooding.
The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for several counties in the north and others in the south. Flash flood warnings and watches were also posted for many areas.
The rainfall amounts Saturday across parts of the state were impressive — and varied.
Unofficial measurements showed that by early evening Caldwell had received 4.92 inches of rain and near Montvale 4.2 inches was measured. Cresskill saw 3.32 inches, Teterboro 2.06 inches and in West Paterson the total was 3.18 inches.
At Newark Liberty Airport 1.10 inches of rain fell, at Somerville Airport 1.29 inches and in Jersey City 2.26 inches.
In the south, Mullica Hill had 3 inches of rain and near Ocean City 4 inches fell. At the Millville Airport a scant .01 inch had been measured.
But for many of these areas, the measurements were taken before another heavy band of storms swept through dropping even more torrential rain.
Parts of the state can expect more rain today and even into the beginning of the new week, the Weather Service forecasts say.
Little Falls, Passaic County
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