Jamesburg Floods

July 17, 2005

Within a matter of three hours, Jamesburg was underwater! On July 17, 2005, approximately 7 to 8 inches of rain fell in Jamesburg in a matter of twenty minutes. Flooded areas included West Railroad Avenue, East Church Street, Pergola Avenue, Willow Street, Forsgate Drive, and Gatmzer Avenue. Jamesburg made the news on Channel 2, 4, 7, Fox, Telemundo47, UPN 9, NJ 101.5, and News 12 NJ! This was a most unique and tragic event for the Jamesburg community to experience. Never before in history has a flood of this capacity devestated Jamesburg. Roughly 75 to 100 families were evacuated from their homes and housed at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School. The Jamesburg Network wishes all those affected the best in recovery and a large thank you goes out to the various fire, police, and first aid units that responded. Some seen include Old Bridge, Englishtown, Edison, Plainsboro, North Brunswick, and of course the Red Cross for helping victims by setting up a command post at the JFK Elementary School. As of July 16, 2005, Forsgate Drive from Perrineville Road to East Railroad Avenue (CR 522), will be closed until the large sinkhole and subsequent damage can be repaired. The county estimate was "a while, until the engineers can figure out what to do."

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Forsgate Drive Emergency Vehicles set up at JFK School

News Channel 4 @ the JFK School Tom Bodall with News Channel 4 Reporter Daisy Chang and crewman

Working in the sinkhole at night. The aftermath on East Church Street

Channel 7 @ JFK School Debris and garbage on West Church Street

Observe the water line at this empty damaged storefront News Channel 4 in Jamesburg!  The media arrives!

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