SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The last day of November brought heavy rains bringing Springfield to what could have been a flood.
According to the WaterAlert from the U.S. Geological Survey Hydrologic Notification Service, flooding begins when the stream flow is greater than 1000 cubic feet per second (CFS).
Alerts received between 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. indicated stream flow over 1000 CFS reaching peak of 1190 CFS over the four-hour period. The water levels quickly rose nearly five feet starting at 12:00 p.m. A little after midnight on Dec.1, the rain began to subside and the waters began to recede.
The catch basin at Meisel Avenue and Riverside Drive reached near capacity and the practice soccer field across the street was also flooded. The pond area to the left of Meisel Park overflowed and flooded the area in between the pond and Meisel Avenue.
The Rahway River stream flow is measured at on left bank 50 feet downstream from bridge on eastbound U.S. Highway 22 about 1.5 miles south of Springfield.