SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Emergency overnight crews are working frantically throughout the night to get Route 22 into shape for the morning rush on Thursday, following a devastating flash flood on Wednesday afternoon. 

The water damage was extensive in the north side of town, especially near Route 22, which was closed for much of the afternoon and evening on Wednesday. Several cars parked near the Weldon Quarry (just north of Scotch Plains on New Providence Road in Watchung) were destroyed when a wall collapsed. The Lukoil on Park Avenue and Route 22 East was hit particularly hard.

"We probably lost about 30 cars, both customer and personal vehicles. It doesn't take long or water to corrode the parts, and everything is computerized," explained Eshri Jairam, owner of the Lukoil gas station/service center. "Everyone will have to check with their insurance companies tomorrow."

News crews from around the area converged on Scotch Plains to cover the floods. Parts of Route 22 buckled, and mud has to be removed by dump trucks to lessen the possibility of having cars skid and get into accidents once the road opens to through traffic.