The rivers are rising, and fast. If I weren’t living in a house that survived Floyd back in 1999 with just some water in the basement, I might be concerned. Instead, I can sit back and take this all in. Which from the looks of it out there could be a decent one here in my own back yard.
I just got back from taking a walk down the street, where in the past hour and a half the Millstone & Raritan Rivers, which meet up about two miles away from here, covered the distance from the middle of the baseball fields two streets up to Bosel Avenue. For those who have been to my house, Bosel is the next street over whose houses I share a back yard with.
The chief of police, whom I had a chance to talk to briefly, said that this was being compared to the floods in the winter of 1996. I didn’t have the heart to tell him of the NOAA forecasts are worth anything it might even be slightly worse. Unluckily for many in the area, we’re also facing higher than normal tides thanks to the new moon. And, though many people don’t realize it, the Raritan River can be affected by the tides all the way up toward Bound Brook. So some high tides mixed in with heavy rains in the region can really do a number.
In any case, I’ll post some additional updates later on, as I watch to see how high the river really comes.