The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Borough from late Tuesday afternoon into late Tuesday night. A line of severe thunderstorms is expected to impact most areas along the Jersey Shore later today. These storms could bring heavy downpours and cause street flooding in a short amount of time.
The Borough of Avalon has a flood risk map that shows areas of our community which may be subject to flooding during storm events like these. Please be advised that beach blocks in the north of 30th Street may be subject to some street flooding shall these storms develop. Residents are advised to take necessary precautions.
Never attempt to drive on any flooded street or through any flooded intersection as this puts you and your vehicle at risk. If you have an emergency, dial 911. If you have a power outage, call Atlantic City Electric at 1-800-833-7476.
Here is the text of the Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service:
Flash Flood Watch
Flood Watch National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 340 AM EDT Tue May 15 2018 The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a * Flash 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, Cecil, Kent MD, and Queen Annes. In New Jersey, Atlantic, Atlantic Coastal Cape May, Camden, Cape May, Coastal Atlantic, Coastal Ocean, Cumberland, Eastern Monmouth, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Northwestern Burlington, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, Southeastern Burlington, and Western Monmouth. In Pennsylvania, Berks, Delaware, Eastern Chester, Eastern Montgomery, Lehigh, Lower Bucks, Philadelphia, Upper Bucks, Western Chester, and Western Montgomery. * From 4 PM EDT today to 2 AM EDT Wednesday. * A line of intense thunderstorms is expected to move into the region from the northwest late this afternoon and this evening. There are indications that storms may repeatedly move over the same areas, especially during the evening hours. Localized rainfall of one to three inches is likely where this occurs. Combined with the rainfall received this past weekend, this may lead to a few instances of flash flooding. * The areas of greatest risk are poor-drainage and urban locations, where rapid runoff may cause localized flash flooding. Quickly responding creeks and streams may also experience flooding in areas receiving the heaviest rainfall. The storms are expected to move through the area during or just after the evening commute. Motorists should be prepared for torrential downpours and potential flooding as the storms move through. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Flash Flood Watch means that there is the potential for flash flooding which can be life-threatening. Heavy rain is expected to occur over a short period of time. Rapidly rising flood waters may quickly inundate roadways and areas of poor drainage. Streams and creeks could leave their banks, flooding nearby properties. Please monitor the forecast, especially if you live in a location that is prone to flooding. Be prepared to take action if a flash flood warning is issued for your area.