The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Borough of Avalon and all of Cape May County for Monday afternoon through Monday evening, August 7th. The Watch means our region could experience a heavy amount of rainfall in a very short period of time.
An approaching storm is expected to bring drenching rain to the region late in the day on Monday. It is possible our region could experience one to two inches of rain, with locally higher amounts of four inches of rain possible. If we receive this rainfall, local streets will flood. Never attempt to drive on any street that is flooded as this causes a wake that can damage private and public property. It also makes it difficult or impossible for first responders to provide you assistance, if needed.
Avalon has prepared a Flood Advisory Map that is for guidance purposes during heavy rain events and coastal flooding events. If you live or are vacationing in an area that is prone to flooding from heavy rainfall, consider moving your vehicle to another part of Avalon that does not flood during heavy rain events. This includes portions of Ocean Drive, and beach blocks in Avalon north of 30th Street, and other areas. Follow the legend on this map for details.
The Borough of Avalon will update this information when necessary. Please pay attention to traditional media outlets for updates to the forecast. Here is the text of the Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service:
... Flash Flood Watch remains in effect from Monday afternoon through Monday evening... The Flash Flood Watch continues for * portions of Delaware, northeastern Maryland, southern New Jersey, and southeastern Pennsylvania. * Monday afternoon and evening. * Heavy rainfall of 1 to 2 inches, with locally higher amounts of 4 or more inches are possible. Showers and thunderstorms may become heavy at times during the afternoon and evening. This rain will be falling in areas where the soils are already saturated due to heavy rains in recent weeks. * Torrential rain falling in a short period of time will result in rapidly rising water levels along streams and creeks and in areas of poor drainage. Significant roadway flooding is possible. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued. Basement flooding is possible due to heavy rain falling on soils already saturated from previous storms. If your home has a history of basement flooding, monitor your sump pump for proper operation and if possible, direct outside water flow away from your house