Storms Take Down Trees, Cause Flooding, Power Outages

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Two thunderstorms in two days – on Wednesday and Thursday, August 7 and 8 – took down trees, caused brief but extensive flooding, and resulted in temporary power outages throughout the township. Storm clean-up delayed the opening of Northland Pool on Thursday until 2:30 p.m.

The more severe storms took place on Wednesday afternoon, with 3½ inches of rain falling within a one-hour period, according to Mike Anello, superintendent of the Livingston Department of Public Works. The downpour resulted in flooding of local brooks,sewersystems, and streets.

“We were just bombarded,” said Anello. “No storm sewer system is capable of handling three or more inches of rain in one hour.” The flooding was brief, but intense, he said. “Several roads, including Royal Avenue, North Mitchell, and Beverly, were flooded, but the waters subsided within an hour or so.” He added that at one point, flooding in the sewer system caused manholes to “pop” up from the roadway, as underground pipes were unable to contain the excess water.



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