Video: Photos: Torrential Downpours Cause Lake Carasaljo to Overflow its Banks


lake-carasaljo-overflows [Video and photos below.] Virtually on the heels of record-setting snowfalls, a storm dumping heavy rains amid gusts of 60 mph has left tens of thousands of New Jersey residents in the dark. Meanwhile, NJ Gov. Chris Christie last night  declared a state of emergency because of the  powerful nor’easter that tore through New Jersey, leaving hundreds of thousands in the state without power.

The governor’s order allows state police to limit access to impacted areas and order evacuations.

At the storm’s peak, more than 235,000 customers in New Jersey – many of them at the Jersey Shore – were without power.

Jersey Central Power & Light spokesman Ron Morano warned that many customers may be without electricity until Tuesday. JCP&L serves 1.1 million customers in 13 counties throughout the state.

“The damage done was quite widespread,” Morano said.

Morano estimated Sunday that more than 160,000 customers were affected over the weekend. As of 8 p.m., about 32,000 customers still were without service, with a large number of them in Monmouth and Ocean counties. The most heavily affected
towns were Brick and Jackson in Ocean County and Colts Neck, Englishtown, Freehold and Freehold Township in Monmouth County.

JCP&L President Don Lynch said in a statement that crews, including those from parent company First Energy’s Ohio and Pennsylvania offices, were working to restore power.

During the restoration process, JCP&L and Foodtown, Acme and ShopRite stores in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties are providing $5 gift cards to JCP&L customers for the purchase of water and ice.

Sporadic flooding on many roadways prompted authorities to detour traffic.

State Department of Transportation crews were summoned to the northbound lane of the Garden State Parkway near Exit 74 in Lacey Sunday to repair significant damage to that section of the highway. Traffic was backed up on the Parkway for up to six miles as the work detail closed the right lane.

In Lakewood, NJ, the torrential rainpours caused Lake Carasaljo, in the center of the Township, to overflow its banks and flood nearby streets, included South Lake Drive.

Click below for a video of the Lake Carasaljo flooding:

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See below for photos:

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{ Newscenter Lakewood Desk/APP contributed to this report}