It feels like Groundhog day, all over again, but with rain instead of snow. Today is yet another gloomy, soggy Monday; some Verona residents woke up without power after heavy rains downed another huge tree last night; Verona lake is once again nearly overflowing its banks and there is a flood watch through Tuesday afternoon. In other words, more of the same.
A large tree on the edge of Verona Park tipped over in the middle of the night, taking down power lines on Park Avenue between Valhalla Way and Hathaway Lane. Power was back on just after seven a.m., but repairs may cause intermittent interruptions today, according to Police Chief Doug Huber. There were no other reported problems.
But take our advice and have your backup sump pump ready: The National Weather Service is calling for a flood watch through Tuesday. Rain, heavy at times, will continue today, with more heavy rain expected through the night before tapering off Tuesday afternoon. There’s a potential for 3 to 6 inches of rain through Wednesday morning, with higher amounts possible locally. According to the NWS: “Rain of this magnitude, combined with nearly saturated soil, poses a serious flood threat, especially along main stem rivers in Northeast New Jersey which are still running high; as a result significant river and small stream flooding is likely. Urban and basement flooding are also significant threats. Residents should take action to protect property now.”