Saturday Downpour Floods Verona


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Water levels in the Brookdale section, on Sylvan.
We don’t usually get flash flood warnings in Verona, and we’re even less inclined to pay attention to those we do get, but yesterday was not a day to ignore them. The late afternoon rains on Saturday quickly turned Verona’s major roads into rivers and sent our one real river, the Peckman, over its banks from Verona Park to the Cedar Grove line and beyond.

The rapidly rising Peckman, and the waters flowing down from Verona’s two ridges prompted numerous calls to Verona’s first responders, and closed both Bloomfield and Linden avenues to traffic for a time. Videos posted to’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages show some of the damage.

The National Weather Service (NWS) says that about 1.5 inches of rain fell on our area, but it felt like several times that. And as bad as things were in Verona, they were much worse elsewhere: Videos posted to Facebook showed water streaming through the Party Fair store in Cedar Grove and flooding inside Foodtown as well.

The level of the Passaic River at Pine Brook, which is a key NWS service gauge to the state of our area, was at 19.24 feet as of 3:15 a.m. Sunday morning. Flood stage is 19.0 feet, and the NWS says the river will continue rising to near 20.1 feet on Tuesday, with additional rises possible after that time. The previous crest of the of the Passaic River at Pine Brook was 20.1 feet on May 13, 1998.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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