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Flash Flood Wreaks Havoc in Scotch Plains

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The Lukoil repair shop was flooded on Wednesday. Credits: John Mooney
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Yield sign at the point where Park Ave. meets Route 22 in Scotch Plains. Credits: John Mooney
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Eshri Jairam, owner of the Lukoil at Route 22 and Park Ave., shows how high flooding got (43 inches) at his gas pumps. Credits: John Mooney
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SPPD directed traffic late into the night on Wednesday night after the flood. Credits: John Mooney
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Waters ruined display shelves at the Lukoil in Scotch Plains at Park Ave. and Route 22. Credits: John Mooney
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News crews from WABC-7, WPIX-11, News 12 New Jersey, and other media outlets reported on the flooding in Scotch Plains. Credits: John Mooney
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Crews workedthroughout the night to clean up water and mud from Route 22. Credits: John Mooney
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Weldon's Quarry wall collapsed and crushed employee vehicles. Credits: Darlene Tedesco Cullen
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Emergency overnight crews worked frantically throughout Wednesday night into Thursday to get Route 22 into shape for the morning rush following Wedesday's devastating flash flood. Lanes remained closed Thursday morning.

The water damage was extensive in the north side of Scotch Plains, 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 at 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."

Parts of Route 22 buckled, and mud had 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.

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