by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
WEST ESSEX, NJ - Following days of Rain soaking the ground and filling the drainage systems, West Essex is currently experiencing numerous road closures and emergencies while residents are suffering through property and house floods.
All West Essex First Responders assisted with the many emergencies, and Essex County Sheriff's Office and DPW were called in to work as well.
This was not an average Rain storm; at one point Caldwell Fire Department responded to an explosion coming from Manholes, and elsewhere First Responders were rescuing people from the roofs of their vehicles because their cars had flooded.
Many roads were closed during the flooding; most were finally open by 11pm Saturday night.
The surrounding towns were also hit hard, and in particular Little Falls where today Mayor James B. Delford declared a State of Emergency.
The official Rain Fall amounts for Saturday's storm were:
What follows, in no particular order, are reports from residents on their experiences. Unfortunately, the Storms are expected to continue throughout the weekend ahead.
Bloomfield Avenue and Mountain Avenue were
Daves Delicious Deli, in Caldwell, shared their photos from Bloomfield Avenue:
Eileen Cetrulo Masone
Robert D. Kazimir
"The movie theater after the storm"
Michelle Prazan Mura
Bloomfield Avenue by Roseland Avenue, Caldwell
"We were driving down Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell. We were just stuck over there. Got out right in time. It took us about an hour to get from the Caldwell Movie theater area to Grove Avenue in Cedar Grove."
At about 7:40pm, the Caldwell Fire Department responded to Park and Bloomfield Avenue for "Manhole Fires." Essex Fells Fire Department provided House coverage.
Jennifer Sample Beier
Bloomfield Avenue and Park Avenue, Caldwell
Bless our Fire Department, Police Department and out of town guys.
Elm Road, Caldwell
Forest Avenue, Caldwell
Hatfield Street at Smull Avenue, Caldwell
"Roseland Avenue, and parking lot next to Community Center - Caldwell"
I have never before seen flooding this bad
"Westville Avenue, Caldwell"
Sunday, Aug. 12 Update from Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing:
Yesterday afternoon after receiving 4.9” of rain, the Borough of Caldwell sustained major damage to the Municipal Building, Public Library, and Community Center Parking Deck. No reported injuries to date. For cleanup for our residents, we will have bulk pickup on Wednesday, August 15th.
The Parking Deck lower level is closed until further notice. Permit holders can park in the Parsons Lot off of Westville Avenue and on Roseland Avenue overnight.
The Library will be closed the week of August 13th.
The Community Center will be open.
Please adhere to new parking pattern as the Main entrance to the upper level of the parking deck is closed and under review by our Borough Engineer to evaluate the safety of the roadway. "
Sunday, Aug. 12 Update from Caldwell Public Library Director, Claudine Pascale:
"The Caldwell Public Library had major flooding last night. The entire downstairs area, including the Children's Room and staff areas, had at least 5 inches of water. The Children's Garden has completely washed away. The door to the Children's Room is broken. Because of this we will be closed tomorrow and I anticipate we will be closed for most of the week."
Mary Ann Brydon Wojcik
Canterbury Drive, North Caldwell
Al Inga - on his ride home to Grandview Avenue
It took me one and a half hours to get home.
Loretta Calabrese Trudeau
"Fallen tree and rocks on West Lindsley, North Caldwell"
Stephanie Drive, North Caldwell
This was on the top of Stephanie Drive in North Caldwell. These new developers are using explosives to clear their land.
"Off of Laurel Avenue in Roseland"
Patricia Trivett Osowski:
In all the years that I have lived in Verona,
Frank Campanaro, Owner Aura Salon
43 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona
No damage in the Salon!
"Claremont Avenue in Verona by Ray's Pizza..... my grandpa has been here since 1955 and has never seen it flooded"
"Morningside Road , Verona"
"Personette and Grove Avenues in Verona"
West Caldwell Resident:
The water came into our garage
"Central Avenue at Crossbrook Lane - West Caldwell"
Distler Avenue, West Caldwell
It was really bad,
Schelli Wolfe Wilson:
"Glenwood Road at Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell"
Orton Road, West Caldwell
I live a few hundred feet up from the Orton Bridge. I was in my backyard and could hear a roar. I walked back through the woods and the brook which is normally a few feet wide was 200 feet wide. It combined with the brook from Grover Cleveland Park several hundred feet early.
"Orton Road Bridge area, West Caldwell"
Schelli Wolfe Wilson:
Orton Road Bridge, West Caldwell
Orton Road Bridge, West Caldwell
"In the distance you can see a fire hydrant. The man said it was covered almost to the top."
Orton Bridge, West Caldwell
"If you look closely, you can see the fire hydrant almost under water. It was pretty bad on Orton!"
John P. Loconsolo My backyard on Walden just down the creek from the orton bridge
Sarah Gyetvay Hyatt
Ravine Avenue, West Caldwell
Sweetwood Court, West Caldwell:
Heather Ridge O'Brien
Sylvan Way and Jameson Place - West Caldwell"
The water started coming
she has a huge quotee
"Washington Avenue by Central Avenue, West Caldwell - the road buckled up"
During normal Rain storms, you get some deep puddles, but that isn't the same as a Flash Flood. Bloomfield Avenue became a river on Saturday because Caldwell got the biggest amount of rainfall. That's why.
Mayor James B. Delford declared a State of Emergency:
I hope everyone is doing as well can be expected. This storm was worse than Hurricane Sandy.
Ashley San G:
"Fairfield Road by the old Grandview Deli, Little Falls
and Route 23 by Munchies, Little Falls"
Over the past week, Little Falls' flooding has been well-documented online. You can click through to see the flooding on Route 46 East and the destruction of car inventory as they are swept away from the Jeep Dodge Ram Dealership here:
"Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange closed going from Bloomfield Avenue towards Eagle Rock Avenue due to the road buckling! "