Flooding, water rescues after four inches of rain in Lakewood Friday night

Flooding, water rescues after four inches of rain in Lakewood Friday night

An intense rainstorm flooded Lakewood and the surrounding area on Friday night, leaving most of the town impassable and stranding dozens of cars, police said.

Four inches of rain were reported in the Lakewood area of Ocean County, causing flooding, blocked roads and downed power lines.

Most of the rain fell between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., Cameron Wunderlin, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly said.

“It’s less of the fact that it’s a lot of rain, and moreso the amount of time that it fell in,” he said.

The intensity of the rain brought the town to a standstill, police said.

“Most of the side roads were impassable at one point,” Lakewood Lt. LeRoy Marshall said. Parts of Route 9, Route 88 and county roads were closed by local police departments and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, and traffic lights were out on the entirety of Route 88.

There were at least a dozen stranded drivers and “too many abandoned vehicles to count,” Marshall said, adding there could be as many as 100 cars left on the roads.

The heavy rain causes “numerous” basement floodings as well, Marshall said.

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