SUMMIT, NJ - The Mountain Valley Emergency Communications Center (MVECC), the Summit Fire Department and the Summit Police Department all were fully-engaged during the torrential storm that dumped as much three inches or more of rain on the Hilltop City and area communities last night.
The MVECC -- which serves Summit, New Providence and Millburn and was fully-staffed -- handled more than 1,000 (1,016) non-emergency and 9-1-1 phone calls between the hours of 7 p.m. - 1 a.m., during which time 323 Police, Fire and EMS calls were dispatched to aid residents and businesses, including self-initiated calls by these agencies as well during the storm.
The Summit Fire Department (SFD) responded to more than 50 incidents in a five-hour period during and after a severe thunderstorm hit the area and dumped heavy rain shortly after 7 p.m.
Flash flooding on Hobart Avenue, Morris Avenue and Tulip Street stranded several motorists in cars and the SFD needed to rescue the drivers.
Many residents reported flooding problems in and around their houses, the worst with nearly five feet of water in the basement.
The Fire Department spent several hours pumping water from houses and businesses. There were multiple reports of transformers and wires arching and burning and Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) was called in to make repairs. No significant power outages were reported.
The SFD also responded to numerous fire alarm activations in houses and businesses, which were caused by water leaks or power spikes in the area. There were also several calls for an odor of natural gas along Morris Avenue. PSE&G was requested to respond and found gas venting from a vent stack along the road.
During the storm, a water main break in Chatham caused low water pressure in a large area of the City. The Fire Department checked fire hydrants in the affected area to ensure adequate water pressure in case of a fire.
The Springfield Fire Department assisted with water rescues on Morris and Essex Turnpike. New Providence, Mountainside and Scotch Plains Fire Departments provided station coverage.
No injuries to residents were reported and all first responders went home safely.