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Flash Flooding Claims Man's Car at S. Maple Ave. Train Trestle

Driver was enroute to start a new job in Massachusetts, lost many of his possessions in the flash flooding.

A Glen Rock man's vehicle became submerged by water on Monday, July 1. Photo credit: Boyd A. Loving
A Glen Rock man's vehicle became submerged by water on Monday, July 1. Photo credit: Boyd A. Loving
A 22-year-old Glen Rock man heading to Massachusetts to begin a new job lost many of his possessions when his car became submerged by flood waters at the Maple Avenue train trestle Monday morning, according to Glen Rock Police.

Captain Jonathan Miller said police had just closed off one lane of the flood-prone area and were about to close off the opposite side when the resident – who did not initially see the high water level – drove through the trestle and was stuck in about four feet of water.

The man had a laptop computer, bedding, and several other items of value damaged by the water, Miller said. He was uninjured though his trip has been delayed. It's unclear if the vehicle can be salvaged, the police captain said.

There were other reports of flooding throughout Glen Rock Monday morning, according to Miller. Ackerman and Cornwall were among the roads where flooding proved troublesome for drivers, he noted.

It's not the first time a vehicle has been stranded at the train trestle following flash flooding. Two teenagers and a volunteer firefighter last year jumped into flood waters at the trestle, rescuing an elderly Fair Lawn woman who had become submerged.
Mikka H July 01, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Did not see the water? 4 feet deep? H E L L O ............
SusieHomeMaker July 01, 2013 at 03:42 PM
in the late 1960s , I remember seeing a VW Bug floating at the Ridgewood underpass (by the train station) . I was ten and thought it was the coolest thing!!
paul smith July 01, 2013 at 05:51 PM
While the driver should have heeded the marker, that really sucks... and for Mikka, once again he proves opposable thumbs are a double edged sword.....
dutchess July 02, 2013 at 09:41 AM
Why not post a permanent water gauge sign that would show 0-14 feet that drivers could see before entering the water.
paul smith July 02, 2013 at 10:00 AM
They have the measuring sticks on maple in Glen Rock and under the Ridgewood station overpass. Expensive mistake for those who ignored them unless it was a sudden rush after the downpour
dutchess July 02, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Ok good to know. But maybe there should be flashing lights that are activated by rising water.
Mikka H July 02, 2013 at 10:39 AM
And for Paul smith, once again he proves that opposable ears Are not where your brains are......
paul smith July 02, 2013 at 10:49 AM
Good one Mikka... always a bastion of intelligent thought...
Elizabeth Cox July 02, 2013 at 11:20 AM
It was a rush- and they had only closed off one side as this happened- it's a bummer but, no one was hurt.
paul smith July 02, 2013 at 11:22 AM
thats the most important part-
Ray Graglia July 03, 2013 at 04:02 PM
I used to take the train to Metuchen to go to work. The tracks go over Main Street on a trestle. Tractor Trailers regularly had the top of their trailers peeled off because the drivers did not believe the height marker on the trestle.

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