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Flash Flooding Hits Ridgewood and Glen Rock

Numerous roads were shut down; flash flood warning in effect until 7:45 p.m.

No injuries were reported in Ridgewood late Wednesday afternoon despite reports of flash flooding.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning to the area, projecting heavy winds and a high volume of rain. Bergen County remains under a flash flood warning until 7:45 p.m, though the rain appears to have halted.

Flood waters quickly moved through Ridgewood and Glen Rock just before 5 p.m., closing numerous roads and briefly shutting down Rt. 17. 

Flooding was reported at the Glen Rock train underpasses on Maple, Ackerman and at the Franklin Ave. underpass in Ridgewood. All have since re-opened.

According to Ridgewood Police Department Cpt. Jacqueline Luthcke, police received a report that a car was submerged on Rt. 17 near Racetrack Rd. She did not immediately have further details but said no injuries were reported.

County police shut 17 down but re-opened the highway by 6 p.m.

Separately, a transformer caught fire at George St. and Canterbury in Ridgewood, Luthcke said. PSE&G was notified and Ridgewood fire were on scene.

longtimer66 August 18, 2012 at 04:52 PM
It was bad in Racetrack area, and as usual homes got water. Reason is curbs here are very old and falling apart, and there are no storm drains at all in many sections. Also, for a couple blocks, all homes are below street level. You can watch runoff water even in moderate rain roll down street from further west (where it's higher) and jump curbs (less than 1" high now) ..and guess where that goes? Thankfully the other day's storm didn't last long, but cleanup still took hours. On other side of street (in HHK) a few years ago they got new curbs and even walks -- no cost to owners. Meanwhile, Village has done many curb projects in other spots- examples include Monroe (curb and drains) and many more. In fact, there is very new Village funded curb in a certain spot on Glen too. And buildings over there are not below street level. Ideally, there'd be storm drains -- and/or at least connect the ones on Banta to the mains (they are not, so people there get water too). But if Village would at least repair curbs on Racetrack, water rolling down the street would stay mostly in the street and not run into houses. What little curbs are left are falling apart and were built in the early 1950s. Yet despite asking for many years and despite that it affects many homes along Racetrack (also Banta/Albin), nothing has been done by Village. Hopefully the new Council can change that. To see Glen get new curb in parts and told "no" over here seems very wrong.

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