Severe flooding spurs sweeping response in Wall

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A home on Butternut Road in Wall Township is flooded following a heavy rainstorm on Monday morning. PHOTO BY TYLER SPRINGSTEEN

WALL TOWNSHIP – The sudden, torrential downpour on Monday morning nearly brought the township to a standstill, resulting in widespread flooding that closed scores of roads, damaged homes and required a massive response from police and other first responders.

“That was the worst flash flooding I have ever seen,” said John A. Sahatjian, chief of South Wall Fire Rescue, which assisted in evacuating residents from flooded homes.

The National Weather Service reported that 7.24 inches of rain fell in Wall Township by noon on Monday.

A section of Marconi Road was so badly damaged it may remain shut for months until repairs can be completed.

The neighborhood hardest hit by flooding, officials said, was along Butternut Road, off Old Mill Road, adjacent to Hannabrand Brook.

The township Department of Public Works brought in a front-end loader and another big-wheel vehicle to help evacuate a few residents there,  Police Chief Kenneth Brown Jr. said.

Police officers responded to 293 calls, nearly all weather-related, between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Monday, Chief Brown said.

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