ENVIRONMENT

Recent flooding causes severe damage to Brick senior community

BY NJTV News Staff |

Several residents of a retirement community in Brick Township remain without power Wednesday after a Monday storm dumped nearly two months’ worth of rain on the area.

114 homes in the Greenbriar I senior community flooded earlier this week when the area was inundated with nearly 8 inches of rain, forcing residents to evacuate. In some homes, water rose over kitchen counters.

By Wednesday, storm waters had subsided and residents were able to survey the damage to their homes. About 80 volunteers, including members of the township high school’s sports teams, helped residents carry out water-logged mattresses and furniture and rip out carpets, piling the debris onto lawns.

Brick Mayor John Ducey says 55 homes were able to be repowered on Tuesday evening. Fifty-nine homes remained without power on Wednesday afternoon.

Ducey says the township is looking into whether recent construction on the Garden State Parkway could have contributed to the flooding. He says four other neighborhoods along the parkway also experienced flooding on Monday. Multiple residents of the neighborhood noted they had not experienced flooding during Sandy or other storms.

On Tuesday, Gov. Murphy declared a state of emergency in five counties, including Ocean, to allow for state resources to be focused in the communities most affected by flooding.

Murphy is set to visit the Greenbriar section of Brick on Friday morning with the Office of Emergency Management.