Tuesday Afternoon Storm Wreaks Havoc with Flooded Streets, Downed Trees, Traffic Jams, and Accidents

Flooding Chestnut Street in Roselle Park Credits: Jodi Bellamo
Flooding Chestnut Street in Roselle Park Credits: Jodi Bellamo
The entire road was flooded at one point. A car was towed out of the water from under the bridge. Credits: Kathy Lloyd
Tree Down in Roselle Credits: Kathy Lloyd
Tree Struck in Warinanco Park. Credits: Kathy Lloyd

ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Tuesday afternoon storm came fast and furious causing problems for both towns. Reports of flooded streets, downed trees, traffic jams, and accidents was the theme of the day. 

Downtown Chestnut Street in Roselle Park completely flooded with water reaching as high as the bumpers of the parked cars. There was also a report of a major gas leak in Roselle Park on Westfield Ave and Hawthorne. 

In Roselle the same issue of flooding everywhere. The area of West First Ave. was also underwater for a while. One car had to be towed from under the train underpass that borders both towns near the McDonalds. Once Officer said, “I have never seen this area flood like this. I happened so fast, this whole area was under water.” He was referring to the whole area in from and around the by the Wendy”s in Roselle. There were also reports of two cars submerged on Pine Street in Roselle.

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The storm and all the flooding also wreaked havoc on traffic as many cars could not get between the two towns or even around the town. The bridge on Walnut Street to go from Roselle to Roselle Park was a traffic nightmare with long lines of cars just waiting to get over the bridge. 

Elsewhere, Warinanco Park had the usual flooding, but we were able to find a tree that had just been struck. We have photos and video of that below. 

Many downed trees all over and with the traffic nightmare, of course, were accidents. We came across one in that happened right behind us between a car and a pickup truck on the corner of East Second Avenue and Prospect Street. No one was seriously injured in that accident. 

Another round of storms was about to move into the area around 5 p.m. at the posting of this story. is Roselle’s official electronic news source! To get your free daily Roselle or Roselle Park news, click on your town. 

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