- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com Published 6:05am
WEST ESSEX, NJ - No sooner had the first clap of thunder rolled into West Essex Thursday night then reports of emergencies began to come into West Essex Now and continued to emerge throughout the evening.
Thursday's storm came on the heels of Wednesday's storm which may have played a part in a late afternoon accident at the corner of Roseland Avenue and Harrison Avenue, Roseland, where the driver took out a traffic light box. According to Roseland Police Chief Rich McDonough, the driver fell asleep at the wheel and was not injured. The stop light was out for hours and the county repaired it on Thursday.
Later Wednesday evening, around 11:15pm, a Mountain Avenue, North Caldwell, utility wire caught fire after a lightening strike. Mountain stayed closed between Wildwood and Spruce for most of Thursday while police awaited PSEG's delayed arrival.
Sand Road, Fairfield, Transformer
Mutual Aid Provided to Fire at Central Avenue, Montclair
North Caldwell Power Surge
North Caldwell's Lynn Borbotti-Gencarelli reported that at one point during the storm, a tree near to her home was struck by lightning and it shattered her home's windows and a door.
Flooding Temporarily Closes Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell
Erin Kellett-Ruoff, who lives on Kirkpatrick Lane, commented,
"I live across the street from Shop Rite.
I can't get out of my house, there is water right up to my stairs!"
Dianne Iannuzzi Salandra, of West Caldwell, stated,
"We were stuck in Shop Rite for over an hour, we could not get out!
I could not believe the rapidly flowing water that was coming out
from the back of Starbucks and from the employee side of Shop Rite.
I must admit, it was quite unnerving and frightening."
At around the same time, 8:28pm, North Caldwell Police reported that, due to the excess water, manhole covers were lifting up in the vicinity of East Greenbrook and Central Avenues.
Roseland Avenue, Caldwell, Closed Due to Flooding
A Caldwell resident commented, "A family friend had tried to get down
Roseland Avenue from Essex Fells, but they were diverted
into Caldwell College to get to Bloomfield Avenue.
We live in Park Side Gardens and there's a lake outside of our house!"
Downed Wire on Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell, Cut Power to Surrounding Neighborhoods
At 9:31pm, Roseland Green on Pacio Court and Hyer Farm Road experienced a power outage as well. All power was restored by 9:57pm.
Route 46 East, Little Falls, Closed Due to Flooding
By 9:30pm, Little Falls Police temporarily shut down Route 46 East, near Browertown Road, after flooding made the road impassable.