New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in five counties Tuesday, following a weekend of torrential rains that left some towns with more rainfall than was expected in the entire month of August.
"The last time [we] saw this type of flooding was Hurricane Floyd back in 1999," Little Falls Mayor James Damiano told the press in a conference call.
About five inches of rain in 50 minutes overflowed the Peckman River, a tributary of the Passaic. Fallen trees, mud, debris, and 42 SUVs that washed away from a car dealership also dammed the river, exacerbating flooding in neighboring Woodland Park.
on WNYC News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.