The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for the Borough and for the entire southern New Jersey area. The Flood Watch is in effect from Saturday evening, February 10th through Sunday evening, February 11th.
An area of rain is expected to move into our region Saturday evening. The rain will fall through the overnight hours and through most of the day on Sunday. There is the potential for two to three inches during this prolonged rain event. Fog will accompany this storm especially during the morning hours with temperatures in the 50s.
This is not expected to be a typical flood event with tidal flooding along the Jersey Shore. Instead, this is a rainfall event that could cause ponding of water in some neighborhoods until the water drains. Never attempt to drive your vehicle on a flooded street or through a flooded intersection as this puts you and your vehicle at risk, along with emergency responders. If you have any emergency, dial 911.
The Borough of Avalon has this flood guidance map that shows areas of our community where flooding from both rain and coastal flooding events is likely to occur, depending on the severity of the storm.
Here is the text of the Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service:
Sat Feb 10 2018 …FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING… The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a * Flood Watch for portions of Delaware, northeast Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, including the following areas, in Delaware, Kent and New Castle. In northeast Maryland, Caroline, Cecil, Kent MD, Queen Annes, and Talbot. In New Jersey, Atlantic, Atlantic Coastal Cape May, Camden, Cape May, Coastal Atlantic, Coastal Ocean, Cumberland, Eastern Monmouth, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Northwestern Burlington, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, Southeastern Burlington, Warren, and Western Monmouth. In Pennsylvania, Berks, Delaware, Eastern Chester, Eastern Montgomery, Lehigh, Lower Bucks, Northampton, Philadelphia, Upper Bucks, Western Chester, and Western Montgomery. * From this evening through Sunday evening * Rain develops this afternoon, and then a prolonged period of heavy rain will overspread the region tonight through Sunday night. The axis of heaviest rain will fall along the I-95 corridor, where between 2 and 3 inches of rain is expected to fall from northern Maryland and Delaware, through southeast Pennsylvania, and into most of New Jersey. * Low-lying flooding is likely where the heaviest rain occurs. In addition, rainfall amounts may result in flooding on area streams, creeks, and rivers by late Sunday.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.