State climatologist: Chances of repeat flooding in Helmetta low as Ida remnants near

A flash flood watch is in effect for the entire state - and that has many folks hard hit by Henri in Middlesex County concerned about another heavy rainfall.

News 12 Staff

Aug 31, 2021, 11:59 AM

Updated 957 days ago

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A flash flood watch is in effect for the entire state - and that has many folks hard hit by Henri in Middlesex County concerned about another heavy rainfall.  
Cleanup continues from the flooding a week and a half ago. But New Jersey State Climatologist Dave Robinson says the chances of another flood in this same town are extremely low.
“We know the atmosphere will be saturated with moisture,” says Robinson. “There's a rich southerly flow of moisture coming up this way.”
Robinson says while the state could see several inches of rain, the likelihood of a repeat of Henri is slim.
“If we get the same amount of rainfall from this system and from Henri, we have a little more flooding,” says Robinson “Not catastrophic more, that's removing the localized areas where it was devastating from Henri.”
Other neighbors are grateful the worst of Ida will spare the hard-hit town.
“I'm just glad we didn't get hit with a Category 4 like New Orleans did,” says Randy Speranza. “I'm just glad it's kind of weakened.”
Robinson says it's too early to predict if any of the hot spot bullseye rainfall amounts will happen and where they will happen. It's something meteorologists can pinpoint on radar once the remnants of Ida move into New Jersey. 


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