New Jersey residents took cover as major flooding affected parts of the state overnight, wreaking havoc on major roadways, buildings and homes.
It’s a grim repeat of similar weather last month – and the state is expected to remain in a flood stage for the remainder of the week – with yet another storm expected over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
“It certainly was not an easy night with all the rain and wind,” Mike Lee, a National Weather Service forecaster in Mount Holly, N.J., told Gothamist on Wednesday. He called the back-to-back flooding affecting the state “an unlikely flip of the coin.”
The flooding – which largely affected the northern region of the state – is the result of an active weather storm that is causing multiple weeks of rain and wind across New Jersey. It’s not a common occurrence at this point in the year – but it is a repeat of the rainfall last month, which beat some records, officials said.
During Tuesday night’s storm, parts of Morris and Somerset counties saw more than 4 inches of rain, according to weather records.
Parts of northern New Jersey – and southeastern Pennsylvania – will remain in a flood stage for the remainder of the week – with another storm expected to hit on Friday and Saturday, according to a National Weather Service forecast. The agency also issued a wind advisory – with gusts as high as 50 miles per hour for inland areas and 60 miles per hour for coastal areas on Friday night.
In Lodi, located in Bergen County, residents were given more than a week’s notice before the storm hit, county Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Capt. Matthew Tiedemann told Gothamist. He called Tuesday night’s flooding a “tragedy.”
Response teams had to rescue some people who had not evacuated with boats and other rescue vehicles.
The overnight flooding in Lodi is only compounding the damage the area faced from similar weather on Dec. 18 and 19. It hasn’t been this bad, Tiedemann said, since Hurricane Ida.
“The river basically did the identical thing both times and flooded these people out,” he said. “It greatly affects the residents in this area.”