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Heavy Rains, Lightning Create Havoc into Morning with Flooding and More

Roads along Route 37 reported flooded as traffic lights overnight were out

The crack of lightning and curtains of rain continued to draw an emergency response Tuesday morning, with flooding reported and power outages in Toms River.

A storm that rolled in around 11 p.m. drenched Toms River through 8 a.m. Tuesday. At 12:30 a.m., traffic lights on Brick Boulevard between Beaverson and Drum Point Road were malfunctioning, while Toms River fire companies were activated for reports of structures being struck by lightning.

Soon thereafter, reports of flooding came in, and poor conditions remain in some places throughout the township.

A Holly Village Lane resident reported massive flooding of the street, off Adams Avenue, seeing "Homes flooded, road impassable," there at 8 a.m.

Route 37 near Coolidge was flooded as traffic safety officers were dispatched to direct traffic from flooded lanes. The lanes have since reopened.

Jersey Central Power & Light was reporting about 300 without power in Toms River at 1 a.m., with about 450 without power in Brick Township. Silverton residents reported the area of 13th Street was without power. By 9 a.m., fewer than 5 customers were in the dark, according to the utility.

The storm was one of many that this summer turned roadways into giant puddles and worse. Eight days prior another storm flooded streets for more than an hour.

Aug. 27, Toms River Police responded to numerous flooding conditions due to the heavy rains. Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said  numerous cars  became disabled and traffic had to be detoured during the storm.  Then, the areas effected most were Vaughn Avenue between Windsor and Adams, Route 37 and Garfield, the Hazelwood Road corridor, and Washington Avenue in Ortley Beach.

The National Weather Service forecast includes additional rain throughout Tuesday.

Martin September 04, 2012 at 01:40 PM
4.25 inches in my rain gauge overnight!
beaches September 04, 2012 at 02:08 PM
No wonder my basement flooded.
Random Poster September 04, 2012 at 02:59 PM
4.25" is a little low, your gauge must be close to something that would block rain fall try about 6" in toms river(exit 81 area)......i know because i worked all morning in it and we monitor stuff like that.....
George September 04, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Size matters!
So Much to Say September 04, 2012 at 06:28 PM
You should see Shop Rite on Fischer. I had to pick my tomatoes with a flash light. Their on emergancy generators because the rain fried their electrical panel. Also caution at Fischer at Pumpshire, the road is flooded pretty bad, the swamp is overflowing.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) September 04, 2012 at 06:41 PM
There's flash flood warnings in place through 5:30 p.m. again Tuesday evening, with reports of flooding along Fischer at Pumpshire, Coolidge near Adams, Green Island and the barrier island at 2:30 p.m.
. September 04, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Shop Rite was fine this morning. When did this all happen? I know Fischer was flooded around 8:30 this morning.
Andy Ftp September 04, 2012 at 09:36 PM
i'm right by vaughn. 5 am woke up to two inches of water on the way to the bathroom. 2 shop vacs, over a hundred gallons of water emptied, carpets pulled, industrial fans purchased, and 12 hours later... there is only water left on the drywall
So Much to Say September 04, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I was at Shop Rite at 2pm. Thank goodness for my flashlight app on my phone.

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