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Storm Wreaks Havoc On Roadways, Residences

Part of Valley Road closed for hours. Water seeps into basements.

Flooding and heavy rains wreaked havoc on roadways in Wayne Wednesday night.

The rain only fell for a short time but caused flooding that closed some major roadways. 

French Hill Road was closed between Parish Drive and Moro Terrace because of water damage, authorities said. A county road crew was attempting to repair the damage before the morning commute.

Valley Road heading toward Route 46 at Nellis Drive was closed. Traffic on both sides of the roadway moved at a snail’s pace for hours.

Traffic on Nellis Drive, Ratzer Road, MacDonald Court, and other nearby thoroughfares was severely backed up as well.

Mayor Chris Vergano said at a council meeting that several residents’ basements were flooded.

The first floor of was flooded. Water came in through a window, blew a door out, and covered the first floor with a few inches of water.

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Scondo August 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM
2.22 inches of rain registered at Packanack Lake in less than an hour, quite a bit of flash flooding and damaged landscaping.
Flood Plain August 16, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Wow, I'd have thought that the PLCC would be high enough to avoid even basement problems.
Regina Rizzo Erwood August 17, 2012 at 03:15 AM
I looked up the word "HERO" in the dictionary : Definition : A person noted for feats of courage. I realized I know a hero which prompted me to share this story. The storm of August 15, 2012 will be remembered not only by me but most definitely by my neighbor. This women was trapped in her car and could not open the door because a tree had fallen against it. The so called brook across the street from her had suddenly turned into a raging river. Now the water was rising above the door handle and the passenger door was up against a wall. Enter Robert Morgenfruh who is waist deep in water trying to move the tree and open the car door to rescue this women. He achieved his goal and was able to release her from the car and carry her to safety. Now that's what I call a "HERO" or should I simply put it ~Thank you Robert Morgenfruh for your loyalty and dedication to our community...you are greatly appreciated. R. Erwood
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Regina, Could you please e-mail or call me at 973-987-7049 or daniel.hubbard@patch.com? This is a wonderful story that I would like to tell. Daniel

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