Camden County businesses and officials worry about increasingly frequent heavy rains and flooding – CBS Philly
CAMDEN COUNTY, NJ (CBS) – Flooding in stranded cars in Camden and forced rescues as heavier rains moved through the tri-state area. Crews carried out at least three water rescues as the waters rose in Camden.
“When you see broken down cars you think, ‘Oh man, I wish I had my truck to take them out,'” a resident told CBS3.
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As the roads turned into rivers, some drivers made the risky decision to cross. Others took the path of least resistance and intervened directly.
“We are stranded, nowhere to go,” a driver told Eyewitness News. “I can’t go that way and I can’t go that way.”
Allen Murphy of Ray Bets Liquor Store at Brooklawn Circle said the flooding was hurting business – preventing potential customers from getting there.
“No one will show up except this way and most are on dates,” one person said.
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It has become a pattern lately: heavy rains, rising waters, impact on business, repetition.
Camden County spokesman Dan Keashen told CBS3 flash flooding, tornado watches and severe storms happen too often.
“We used to be concerned with an inch per hour, and now we’re looking at double or triple,” Keashen said. “So at the end of the day when that happens, all of our first responder systems are depleted. “
No injuries were reported in Thursday’s flooding, leaving officials to find a way to prepare for future rounds of heavy rains.
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“This is something that we will have to adapt to and find ways to combat it,” Keashen said.