A powerful storm that passed through New Jersey on Monday afternoon caused extensive flooding in northern New Jersey.
The Hackensack Fire Department rescued several people trapped in cars on a flooded road.
Highway 17 in Paramus, near the Garden State Plaza mall, also experienced extensive flooding.
Officials in Saddlebrook and Hoboken said multiple roads were flooded and urged drivers to avoid those areas.
Clifton’s intersection of Clifton Avenue and Lakeview Avenue became a lake in a matter of minutes.
“As you can see, this intersection is flooded,” says Christian Alvarez of Advance Auto Parts. “It happens every time it rains heavily. It’s pretty bad.”
Alvarez says this is the worst flood he has ever seen.
But once the storms and floods subside, New Jersey will have to contend with another heat wave. Temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s in the next few days.
Several local governments have opened cooling centers for residents as a way to escape the heat.
Residents are asked to wear light clothing, limit their time outdoors, and drink plenty of water.
Most cooling centers open on Tuesdays and stay open through the weekend.