Medford Lakes, NJ Flooding
By gbrunett-Oracle on Jul 15, 2004
On Monday, July 12th, what seemed like any typical summer thunderstorm turned nasty. Apparently the storm front stalled over the Burlington County, NJ area (including Medford, Medford Lakes, Lumberton, Vincentown, and Southamton) and the rain did not stop... Nearly twelve inches of rain later...
Not only did we suffer from severe flood conditions as a sheer result of the rainfall, but several of the dams and bridges in the area gave way to the volume of water. In fact, there was a cascading dam failure resulting in the drainage of several lakes into the Rancocas Creek.
This last picture (above) shows a huge sinkhole at the top center where once Medford Lake's primary beach ("Beach 1") existed. To the left of the sinkhole is one of the dams that was breached. The bike path and park to the left of the picture were flooded leaving canoes wrapped (literally) around trees. In fact, I saw a canoe wrapped around a tree as high as six feet off the ground.
While we lost bridges, lakes and dams, we were very lucky. Downstream, towns like Lumberton and Pemberton were completely flooded and are still underwater today.
For more information on this flood, you can see: