Edison, NJ - Heavy rain caused flash flooding on streets throughout Edison on Monday night.  Edison police officers and firefighters answered over 150 emergency calls during the height of Monday night’s storm, including a number of calls to rescue motorists and passengers stranded in their vehicles, according to the Township.

Edison received help answering those calls from the N.J. State Police, the state Department of Transportation and the Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management.

Deputy Fire Chief Andy Toth said the rainfall was so “fast and heavy that cars were floating or unable to drive” on parts of Route 1 with “significant flooding” at Route 1 near Roosevelt Park; on Route 27 near Talmadge Road; and on Parsonage Road, Plainfield Avenue, Loring Avenue and Woodbridge Avenue near the Edison Senior Citizen Center and Yelencsics Park.

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Rain and heavy wind brought down a primary electrical line across Route 1, between Old Post Road and East Side Avenue, that caused authorities to close the highway in both directions for five hours while PSE&G crews made repairs to restore electric service.

“I never saw Route 1 go completely dark before. Streets were flooded that never flooded before. Edison has experienced heavy rainfalls over two or three days before, but not that kind of downpour in one or two hours,” Deputy Fire Chief  Toth said.

Deputy Fire Chief Toth estimated that the downed Route 1 power line knocked out electric service to nearly 5,000 PSE&G customers. Service to homes and businesses was fully restored earlier this morning, he said.