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Photos: Heavy Rain Causes Severe Flooding in Cliffwood Beach; Route 35 Closed

Water flooded past the beach and up local streets Wednesday morning.

Heavy rains and the approaching high tide resulted in severe flooding in Cliffwood Beach along the Raritan Bay this morning. 

Photos posted on the Aberdeen-Matawan Joint Community Emergency Response Team Facebook are reminiscent of Hurricane Sandy, minus the pounding waves that destroyed over ten homes in the beachfront section of Aberdeen Township.

The photos were shared with Patch by the photographer, who is a member of CERT. He noted that they were taken Wednesday morning before high tide.

As of 9 a.m., the rain and high tide flooded Route 35 between Cliffwood Avenue and County Road. Local police have shut down the section of highway in both directions and are diverting traffic locally while they wait for the water to recede, according to Chief John Powers. 

Patch will update this story with information as it becomes available.

Tell us: Do you live in Cliffwood Beach? Did you face flooding this morning on your way to work or school? How often do your streets flood?

JAY February 27, 2013 at 05:57 PM
I was literally a hour late for work I was terrified that my car would be stuck in the water don't know why they didn't shut the road down and I couldn't turn around ... It floods way too much when it rains for them not to know to shut it down or fix it before it gets bad ...! Annoyed
Barzillai February 27, 2013 at 11:36 PM
We are facing the development of a new inlet to Whale Creek as the bay rises and storms get fiercer. The wave action is accentuated by the seawall. I live on West Concourse and faced no flooding or traffic, save the northbound backup on Rte 35 at Cliffwood AV. I saw your bulletin about the stranded car on Aberdeen RD. That comes from the warning sign sitting in the roadway when it is no longer flooded. People develop bad habits. It would be interesting to know whether he was just driving while old or if the adventure was calculated based on frequent trips thru this area.

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