OCEAN COUNTY - Flooding from heavy rain in many areas along the Shore are now receding, but not before causing some major headaches for residents and drivers.
A home on Arlington Avenue North in Berkeley Township partially collapsed last night, likely due to the saturated ground, officials say. Homeowners Darlene and Les Anderson say they woke up to a loud noise last night, but they didn't know what it was until the morning. The front wall of their basement had crumbled.
County crews added supports to prevent further damage, but the home has been deemed unsafe and the couple had to salvage what they could from inside.
A house in Barnegat was struck by lightning, also causing extensive damage.
Long Beach Township got about seven inches of rain in a short period of time, causing widespread flooding in low-lying areas.
Areas of Route 72 and Central Avenue in Ship Bottom were covered in water, making traffic a slow go Wednesday morning.
Colin Bolger, of Barnegat Light, says conditions were much worse Tuesday night as it poured buckets during his drive home. The flooding was too high for his Toyota Celica, and the car no longer starts.
"When I hit the water, the wave crashed over my hood and flooded my distributor," he says. "I'm pretty mad because I'm going to have to spend money to fix it."
Several areas along Long Beach Boulevard from Brant Beach to Beach Haven also had minor flooding. In some spots it reduced traffic down to one lane in each direction.
Communities like Little Egg Harbor and Manahawkin, on the other side of the Route 72 Bridge, also got clocked with rain. Those areas experienced minor flooding.