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Storm Rolls Through Brick: Hospital Loses Power, PD Gets 70 Calls

Police directing traffic at several major intersections

A storm system that began rolling through Brick just after 7 p.m. Friday night flooded roads and knocked out electricity to homes, businesses and traffic lights.

Ocean Medical Center was also affected by the storm. The hospital, located on Jack Martin Boulevard, lost power and experienced generator problems according to Brick Police Capt. John Rein. Hospital officials asked for assistance with restoring power, but there was no need for evacuations, according to hospital officials.

Reports that lightning struck the hospital were unfounded, hospital spokespeople said, and backup generators kept everything except for the facility's air conditioning systems working. Portable air conditioners were brought in to help keep several floors cooled.

Rein said the police department fielded about 70 calls and 40 fire calls in about a three hour period, and officials responded to two working fires - one on Eisenhower Drive and one on Forge Pond Road. Both were quickly extinguished.

Brick also provided mutual aid to emergency responders in Howell, Rein said.

"The hardest hit area appears to be the Forge Pond area along Rt 88 / Rt 70 which is adjacent to Ocean Medical Center," Rein said in an e-mail.

Several cars died on Chambers Bridge Road after trying to push through nearly 3-foot-deep flood waters. Police quickly blocked off the road before the water receded and several motorists hopped out of their cars to help push the stranded vehicles off the roadway.

Traffic began moving more freely on Chambers Bridge, but many busy intersections were without traffic lights. Police were directing traffic at the intersections of Route 70 and Brick Boulevard and Chambers Bridge. Lights were flashing amber at most other Route 70 intersections and traffic was backing up at cross streets. The traffic lights at the intersection of Route 70 and Herbertsville Road was operating normally, however.

At 10 p.m., traffic was still being diverted on Chambers Bridge in some areas, and many jug handles were closed off. A sign at the township's Primary Learning Center was down, according to a witness.

Stay with Brick Patch for more information as it comes in.

Concerned Brick Citizen July 30, 2011 at 10:19 PM
What is left of the "Township Owned" (yes it is owned by the township and not the Breton Woods' property owners) Dock Road Beach is mostly gone today. The rushing water did its thing. It is a serious accident waiting to happen as there is exposed rebar and large crater to fall into. Who is responsible if someone gets hurt? -- The Township and tax payers! This beach has been neglected in recent years by the Township. Why are they not taking care of their property. Where is code enforcement? Now Dock Road Beach is a serious and major problem.
Concerned Brick Citizen July 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM
Township officials have been previously notified about the conditions of Dock Road Beach... NOW it is really DANGEROUS. Children play there all the time. If someone gets hurt there is going to be a major lawsuit. There is no way the township could plead ignorance. THEY KNOW!
Fawn Rose July 31, 2011 at 05:01 AM
I hope you never have to hear your daughter scream like that again. I had called my 7yr old daughter when the thunder hit and she was scared and is still trying to comprehend what happened last night.
Ursula Kroener August 01, 2011 at 01:08 AM
on Friday night we were at Barnes and Noble book store at Brick when the rain started. Well it seems like it was hail and it felt like a small tornado, the people at the bookstore wanted us to get out of the store after the lights went out, but thank god to a gentlemen in the store who worked for the light company said we should not leave we are safer here at the store. it was the worsed I have seen.
Stefanie Yates August 01, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Well I work at Pizza Hut and we had a pretty good view. Besides the massive rain and dark clouds that were also a funny color there was lightening bolts hitting the parking lot and our roof!! It just kept coming. You can't tell me this wasn't a tornado!! Especially when people caught it on their phones!!

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