A persistent, unsettled weather pattern has now plagued much of the northeastern United States for nearly a month. In recent days, the State of New Jersey has been especially hard hit, with widespread flash flooding. The situation has become so dire, that Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency for Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Passaic Counties.
The township of Little Falls, NJ, located in Passaic County, was inundated with five inches of rain in less than an hour on Saturday. The torrential downpour and resultant flooding left 32 homes uninhabitable and forced the rescue of 45 people according to local officials. The floodwaters also washed away at least 16 cars from a local Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership in Little Falls.
Further south in Ocean County, Brick Township, NJ received nearly eight inches of rain on Monday alone, forcing the evacuation of about 100 homes in the township. As of Tuesday, 85 homes were still without power there.