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Cloudburst revives bitter memories of another storm

8/16/73

Faint reminders of the Aug. 2 flood stirred with last night’s brief downpour. North Plainfield police reported some minor flooding problems where drains remained clogged with debris from the devastation earlier this month.

Cedar Avenue in North Brunswick also flooded again. Mayor Jack Pincus and township committee members Dominick Teneralli and Charles Nicola toured the roadway where residents say the problem has persisted for years.

Teneralli said last night the township expects to install additional storm sewers in the area, hopefully by the end of the year or at latest by next spring. According to Teneralli much of the township engineering is completed but municipal officials must await state action.

Mrs, Frances Page of 57 Rose St., Edison said she has had flooding problems before. But last night’s storm was the first heavy rain since the township installed a storm sewer through her property to ease the situation.

It’s worse now, Mrs. Rose said, adding that water from the- drain is pouring out and covering her yard. Water was pouring through her cellar windows. North Brunswick police also received calls of minor flooding' at Jersey Avenue and Huron Road and on Hermann Road near the municipal building.

For about 45 minutes traffic on Route 18 slowed to a crawl with flooding in several low spots on the highway. Spotswood police reported minor flooding, centered around South Main Street. The Green Brook Flood Commission’s early flood warning device rang in Plainfield police headquarters about 8 p.m.

Plainfield authorities notified Scotch Plains police, who checked the water level in the brook and reported it was low. A half hour later, Plainfield Mayor Frank Blatz said, Scotch Plains officials called back and said the water was six inches from the top of the banks and was rising fast. Then the rain stopped and the water receded. In Metuchen, Main Street under the Penn Central Railroad bridge was flooded for about an hour.

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