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UPDATE (5:25 p.m.): Mayor Calls Irene "Worst Storm in History"

Residents and officials are venturing out to assess the damage to Cranford's neighborhoods.

Following the evacuation of the Cranford Police Department due to flooding and a complete loss of power, Mayor Dan Aschenbach called Hurricane Irene the "worst storm in history."

Much of Cranford was submerged Sunday after Irene plowed through the Northeast, flooding towns, toppling trees and power lines and causing widespread damage to homes, cars and property.

As their homes flooded, many residents were forced to evacuate to the that was set up at the Cranford Community Center. A was issues just after 9 a.m. Saturday morning, but as of about 8 p.m. Saturday night, only about 10 residents had arrived at the shelter to wait out the storm. Today, however, more than 20 additional families had taken up residence there due to flooding in their homes.

Officer Thomas Bell, who was stationed at the Community Center shelter this afternoon, spoke briefly about the widespread flooding and the numerous downed trees and tree limbs.

"It's like driving through a maze," Bell said of the commute through the battered township.

Some residents are also reporting that the Brookside Place School property is also flooded. South Avenue, Centennial Avenue and were submerged as well.

Currently, there is no word on when residents in the shelter will be allowed back into their homes. Local officials and emergency workers are assessing the damage and working to remove tree limbs from the roadways and secure fallen power lines that may pose a hazard to residents. Many people in the area are still without power.

Nik Sweeny August 29, 2011 at 02:52 AM
How far down Herning? I was visitng a friend to check if she was alright and she's the 3rd one on the block and it was about 1.5 feet deep, yet the water has most likely subsided a bit.
Brian August 29, 2011 at 03:05 AM
I am trying to find out if Orange Ave..as far as Manor Ave..is accessible. Thank you in advance.
kerry lyman August 29, 2011 at 11:40 AM
Herning Ave. and Brookdale are clear this morning. The water has completely disappeared.
Nancy O August 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM
Has anyone been to Spring Garden St, near Estelle? I'm wondering if it's flooded.
KOD August 29, 2011 at 12:25 PM
How about Hampton Road? Heard it was underwater yesterday but wondered if I could get to it today?
spencer savings August 29, 2011 at 01:04 PM
does anyone know if power is back on in downtown cranford?
Todd August 29, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Does anyone have information about the water level on Edgar Ave.? One block from Riverside, so I assume it's still submerged but like many others we are trying to get to the house to assess damage. Thank you!
Craig M August 30, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Based on the evacuation map that CPD posted on their site, vs. what I observed around town. I'd estimate it was a 500 year flood.
GTheC August 30, 2011 at 04:31 PM
According to an Insurance rep I spoke with...the 500 year flood mark was exceeded by 4 blocks.
RICO August 30, 2011 at 11:31 PM
THEY SHOULD VOTE THAT MAYOR OUT OF OFFICE.

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