Jun 12 04 - Heavy rains cause flooding damage

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Heavy Rains cause serious flood damage in Medford, Medford Lakes, and Southhampton Township

On Monday, June 12th, a series of thunderstorms came through southern Burlington County, lingering for hours.  The total rainfall in the area was as much as 13 inches.  As many as 12 dams in the area were breached.  The 100-year storm for this area calculated to be around 7.5 inches of rain in 24 hours (at least this is my understanding, from a conversation with a civil engineer experienced in the design and construction of dams).  This storm would have to be considered the storm of a lifetime, considering that most of the rain fell in a period of about 12 hours.

In Medford, several roads are now closed, due to the dams they run over being breached, including Jackson Road and Lenape Trail.

If you live in Medford, and you have pictures or stories about the rain and flooding, please send them to webmaster@medford-nj.com.

Centennial Road - near Piney Run Road.  Normally a small stream passes under the road.  The stream could not pass through the pipe, so it over-topped the road, eroding and collapsing half of the roadway.  The yellow pipe is a gas main.  This road has been repaired.

A pedal-boat floated down-stream and into a spill box at Breakneck Road in Taunton Lake.


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