SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Cars were submerged and a major roadway was shut down due to flooding in the Scotch Plains, New Jersey area Wednesday afternoon.
U.S. 22 was shut down between County Road 55, Bonnie Burn Road and Park Avenue in Scotch Plains Township and Mountain Avenue in Mountainside, officials told CBS2.
All lanes were closed in both directions. Parts of the road later reopened, 1010 WINS reported, but the closure at the Park Avenue overpass in Scotch Plains remained in effect as of 9:35 p.m.
By 11 p.m., the westbound lanes of Route 22 had reopened, but the eastbound side remained closed.
Route 78 was also affected by flooding.
The flooding was so severe that it even caused a portion of Route 22 to buckle near the major intersection with Route 78. The repairs were expected to continue into the morning commute.
Even snow plows were brought in to scoop up the floodwaters.
Photos and video from the scene showed streets fully inundated with brown water, and cars nearly completely submerged.