Stranded Driver Rescued From Flood

Volunteer firefighters, swift water team save man from flooded vehicle.

A man who attempted driving through the center of Long Valley Sunday morning got stuck at the intersection of Schooley's Mountain and East Mill Road, needing to be saved by first responders.

Volunteer firefighters from Fairmount Fire Company, Schooley's Mountain Fire Protection Association, Chester Fire Company, Clinton Swift Water Team and Washington Township Police.

The man was taken to the hospital for precaution, according to responders at the scene.

momof3 August 28, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Instead of going back and forth with this nonsense just to be heard.....can someone actually help with any info regarding whether the water has receeded at all?
exlongvalley August 28, 2011 at 07:48 PM
I can't speak for water but I just took a trip down flicktown, springtown and rock road and can say that the roads are not safe. Tree debris is continually falling and there are wires on the road in front of the church on rock road
showtime31 August 28, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Center of town is open. West mill is closed. Powers out.
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Thanks for the comment, Showtime31. Yes, the center of town is open, but West Mill Road is still closed for flooding and Fairmount is blocked off for downed trees and wires. You can drive up Schooley's Mountain Road and East Mill Road.
momof3 August 28, 2011 at 08:05 PM
@exlongvalley...Thank you so much..i really appreciate it .....@robthomaseyes actually because the river is so so close to my backyard i know the bridge sometimes floods esp rises with even a big thunderstorm...so i left voluntarily pretty much knowing me and the kids would be stuck for days with no ability to get out...thank goodness i did too....
momof3 August 28, 2011 at 08:07 PM
@showtime31 and @jason koestenblatt
momof3 August 28, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Thank you both :D
showtime31 August 28, 2011 at 08:10 PM
Ok for those of you who are so critical of the driver. He was not from around here and following another truck that made it through. He was following his gps to get home to his wife and small child in south jersey and did what any good father/husband would do. Get home any way he could. The driver was not taken to the hospital or treated for any injuries!!!!! There was plenty of local people out and about and stuck as well. How come there was no mention of the man that had to be rescued from the house on the corner there.
showtime31 August 28, 2011 at 08:11 PM
exlongvalley August 28, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Sussex dam broke minebrook and Newburgh bridges are closed and are expected to be very very high according to police
momof3 August 28, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Where are minebrook and newburgh bridges at?
Thomas Paine August 28, 2011 at 09:08 PM
Does it make him a good father/husband to drive the back roads of NJ during a tropical storm? He didn't get to his wife and small child now did he? A general rule of thumb is if the airport is closed, it's best to stay put.
ted August 28, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Minebrook is by the golf course just past Hasting Square and Newburgh is between rd between walgreens and bank across from shoprite
exlongvalley August 28, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Schooleys my rd by the golf course and golden skillet toward hackettstown and newburgh road is toward shop-rite in h town. The water was 1 ft over the bridges when I got there and spoke to the police officer. There was a car at the newburgh location that tried to cross there (young kid). After the police left, they pushed the car toward the water I guess they were hoping for a complete total.
momof3 August 28, 2011 at 09:32 PM
Ok...right....i did see a video of htown and it was a complete river all the way from quick check down by golden skillet.....i couldnt believe it.
PatienceWorth August 28, 2011 at 10:10 PM
....hmmmmm....does have a bit of a Neanderthal brow going there. I'll bet he leaves this off his resume.
Alice Jameson August 28, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Lucky for him, he's from far away South Jersey. If he were a local, he'd never live this down.
Team Casper August 28, 2011 at 10:55 PM
a lot of water has receded. though not enough to get to LVMS, they cancelled the walk through for the kids. try back tomorrow, maybe someone will know.
Betty Alpaugh August 29, 2011 at 01:28 AM
Thank you for the great pictures and news. We are former long time residents of Long Valley, now living in Florida. We were worried here about the hurricane, but it stayed way east of us. We really appreciate the news and will be looking for more.
momof3 August 29, 2011 at 02:15 AM
Anyone know if i can access west mill rd by going through califon or fairmount from randolph...i called the police in wash twp. When i asked about what the situation looked like an officer stated curtly *watch the tv* WHAT?! Are u kidding me?! Has anyone ever seen anything on the news about long valley....even NOW? U should be ashamed police dept....im terrified if my place is even standing or if or when me and my kids will be able to return..... And this is what u tell me? Sickening.....
Marcelle Mullins August 29, 2011 at 03:05 AM
Betty, Johnny Winters Shop (pic 1) looks like it got the worst of it!
Barry O August 29, 2011 at 03:31 AM
You seem to be under the impression that the police are concerned with public safety. It's hard to eat your donuts when people keep calling with annoying questions like that.
Rob August 29, 2011 at 04:21 AM
momof3 ... you have to be kidding me. Road conditions were awful at best and the PD is swamped (no pun intended) with dozens of calls for service ... and you want to know what the road conditions were like. Unreal.
momof3 August 29, 2011 at 05:00 AM
How dare you...im a town citizen as i assume u are..and im sure ur sitting nice and comfy in your home and not a shelter right now....like me and my three toddlers. I am nowhere NEAR my home in long valley and so why wouldnt i call to see if the water was receeding? If i had a business in town would i not have the same right? Why so judgemental anyway? Lets hope you or ur loved ones never have a crisis....Lord knows we need people like me to be empathetic to apathetic jerks like you..rob.....
momof3 August 29, 2011 at 05:05 AM
And ive been on this site all day asking other helpful citizens for any info to which many have been very helpful. Where were you when people needed help today? I didnt see u on here giving helpful info...u only came on at 12 30am to criticize me.....way to go bro...youre one hell of a resident....
Rob August 29, 2011 at 07:35 AM
momof3 ... Typical "me first attitude." And name calling ... classy.
momof3 August 29, 2011 at 12:14 PM
You may be want to find yourself useful in the town somewhere....and I'll pray for your judgement and ignorance and apathy Rob. (btw, on internet threads people who do what you do are called *trolls*. Trolling around to criticize and condemn others with judgement and hate) Like i said...i'll be sure to pray for you.
Monica August 29, 2011 at 02:30 PM
momof3, I hope you got some answers and you're back home. Try to ignore the comments from that guy. Rob clearly has no class or empathy! He must've been a bully in school, and he still a bully as an "adult". Good luck and I hope your house wasn't affected by the flood!
Maureen Dower Weir August 29, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Fortunately, that intersection , Mill Rd and Schooley's Mt Rd, was clear and looking normal when I went through there at 8:30 Monday morning. If the driver and the first responders are all OK, the car retrieved, and people are cleaning up after the water damage... it's a good day.
wtgodot November 12, 2011 at 08:04 AM
where were these ^&%^^$ HEADS WHEN their negligently road on fairview goes un answered.


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