Storm causes severe flooding in Wildwood

WILDWOOD, N.J. - August 26, 2012

Throughout the night, our Action News cameras were rolling as water levels were rising.

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The National Weather Service says a single storm cell clobbered Cape May County with as much as 6 inches of rain; the pounding rainfall and big booms of thunder made for a scary night down at the shore.

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"It was nonstop like right over us for hours and hours," said Sue Costello.

It was an active storm that produced loud booms, power outages and as many as six inches of rainfall.

"Very winding and the lighting was unbelievable," said Wayne Vivian.

Before sunrise, water levels reached storefronts and made Sunday morning business a bit challenging.

Crews at Uncle Bill's Pancake House worked quickly to dry a soaking wet carpet before customers arrived.

"As I walked into the restaurant, water was laying in the middle of the floor. The rugs were 'splish splash," said Roger Sherman.

By about 10:00 Sunday morning, the streets were dry and the sun was shining but for businesses in the area the issue of flooding is far from over.

David Bowman of Bowman's Cooling and Heating on Pacific Avenue says this is the third time in as many weeks that his business has flooded.

Bowman says he's asked the city to install a pump on his street to put an end to the problem. While mopping the floor this morning, he pointed to where he had his sandbags ready to go but they were not deployed in time.

"I saw lightning and thunder but didn't know it was going to rain that hard and stay like it did," said Bowman.

Heavy rains close Delaware roads

Delaware highway officials say heavy rains closed roadways across the state.

The (Wilmington) News Journal reported Sunday that thunderstorms dropped seven inches of rain in Sussex County, more than six inches in Rehoboth Beach and nearly five inches at Sussex County Airport near Georgetown.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says River Road was closed Sunday morning between Chief Road and Oak Orchard Road. Holly Lake Road was also closed between Phillips Branch Road and Delaware Route 24, and high water was also reported at Delaware Route 5 and Beaver Dam Road.

Lightning from the storms was also blamed for several fires statewide.


The Associated Press contributed to this report

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