All hands on deck after Monday monsoon flooded Heights

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The Spring Lake Heights Shopping Center along Route 71 was forced to close down due to heavy flooding from Monday's storms. [PHOTO by Erin Brautigan]

SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — It was all hands on deck for first responders on Monday as flooding from heavy rains forced the closure of roads and businesses in the borough.

Road closures occurred on Route 71 between Brighton and Passaic avenues and north of Wall Road, and Allaire Road in front of Allaire Road Park.

The excessive flooding also caused businesses to close at the Spring Lake Heights Shopping Center along Route 71. The parking lot filled with as much as a foot of water, cascading in from the road, which was also flooded.

A man who would identify himself only as part of the shopping center’s management said such flooding had occurred in previous years but was getting steadily worse.

He said water from Polypod Brook, which runs next to the center to the north, cannot flow through the pipe that lets it go under Route 71 and the train tracks. He said debris flows in the water clogs the pipes. Standing outside of borough hall,

Christopher Campion, borough council president and emergency management coordinator, informed Heights residents of the ongoing flooding via social media through a video taken on his cell phone.

“We experienced a whole lot of rain in a short period and that rain had nowhere to go,” Mr. Campion said. He said “the roads are terrible” and many closures were reported. He also reported that the elementary school had some flooding in its basement.

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