GREEN BROOK, NJ -- There is little respite for Central Jerseyans who are sick of severe weather in 2014, starting with the ice and snow of the winter and into the heavy rains of March and April.
And now in May, less than three weeks after the last significant flooding, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for much of the Northern half of New Jersey, including Green Brook and North Plainfield during Friday afternoon into the late evening.
The warning states that within the band of storms expected will be localized thunderstoms that could drop signifcant precipitation in short periods of time. Should rainfall be in the one to two inch range or higher during any six hour period flash flooding is likely around streams, small rivers and in urban areas.
In addition to the Flash Flood Watch the service warns that both commutes, morning and evening, could be affected by heavy rain. The stretch of Route 22 has at least four intersections that regularly have standing water during heavy rains including North Drive in North Plainfield, Rock Avenue on the border of North Plainfield and Green Brook, and Washington Avenue and Warrenville Road in Green Brook.
North Plainfield residents can learn what is happening by listening to the Borough's Emergency Radio Station at 1630 AM, which will broadcast updates as long as they are needed. They can also sign up for the town's EventBridge service to receive e-mail and text alerts with important information about the borough.
Green Brook residents can sign up for the NIXLE service on the township web site to receive text and e-mail alerts.