Not since Hurricane Floyd in 1999 have we flooded like this, N.J. town says
The muddy debris near a car wash in Woodland Park a day after flash flooding swept through parts of the state. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. (Andrew Miller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
By Alexis Johnson | NJ Advance Media
New Jersey was recovering Sunday hours after flash flood waters swept through the state, damaging homes and businesses alike — and even prompting a pileup of cars from a Passaic County dealership.
Cedar Grove Police Lt. Frank Pumphrey said he hasn’t witnessed flooding like this since Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
“We got hit from one end to the other with flooded homes, cars, roadways blocked by debris,” he said.
A town of 13,000 residents, Cedar Grove in Essex County stretches about 5 square miles. According to preliminary numbers, Cedar Grove reported 3.78 inches of rain on Saturday.
The highest rainfall totals were reported in Bergen, Essex and Passaic counties, according to early reports. Caldwell topped the list with a staggering 4.92 inches.
By Sunday, the flood waters had receded and all roadways were back open, with no injuries or evacuations reported, according to Kevin Lynch, a spokesperson for the Essex County Sheriff’s office.
Another round of rain is in the forecast for tonight, however, with a risk of 1-2 more inches in some spots across New Jersey, according to the National Weather Service.
The aftermath in Woodland Park, a day after flash flooding swept through parts of the state. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. (Andrew Miller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Here’s how much rain fell in New Jersey during the storms
Numerous videos posted on social media Saturday, show rain waters streaming through towns like small rivers, some even causing cars to float down roadways and through parking lots.
Here is what it looked like throughout New Jersey Saturday during the storm:
Jackie Farrell and her husband, Dave Farrell, who own Dave’s Delicious Deli, on Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, said Saturday’s floodwaters had taken over their store and forced it to close.
Jackie told NJ Advance Media on Sunday that this is the third time this summer that their restaurant has experienced flooding, but this weekend’s rain was the worst she’s seen it.
“For a long time we just tried to keep the water out. I was using a broom to sweep it, we were moving things around but eventually the water just came right up to our doorstep,” she said.
The Farrells said there is a storm drain problem throughout the town of Caldwell, and fear the next round of major rains will cause flood damage all over again.
“Every time it rains heavy, water builds up above the gutter. Regular insurance doesn’t cover flooding so we have to assess the damage and decide from there when we can reopen,” Dave Farrell said.
The couple posted a video of the flooding on Facebook, likening the street to a “whitewater rafting adventure” in their post.
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