By LAURA FRENCH, RYAN McGRATH and KELLY MOELLER
A sudden downpour drenched Ramapo College Sept. 12, causing leaks in the academic buildings, offices and traffic delays for commuting faculty and students.
Flashes of lightning and deafening thunder accompanied the rainstorm, which lasted less than an hour between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Traffic reports indicate that a motor vehicle accident during the storm caused delays of up to 30 minutes on Rt. 495 in North Bergen. The storm also caused disruptions in flights to and from La Guardia and John F. Kennedy airports.
Since the storm’s onset, the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area through the evening hours.
Mayor Bill Laforet called Mahwah citizens with a warning message alerting them that there were “many power outages and downed trees,” and to “use caution when driving and do not go near any downed power lines,” according to patch.com.
Due to the severity of the storm, Mahwah High School’s first football game of the season has been postponed until tomorrow afternoon at 2:00.
Around campus, the water flooded offices in the H-Wing and students and workers driving to the college tackled waterlogged roadways.
Susan, a cashier at the school’s caferia, or “paycaf” who did not give her last name, said she saw water splashing in large amounts from under the other cars on the road during her commute. She describes the ordeal simply as “crazy.”
A Ramapo student who only identified herself as Nicole, said she altered her plans due to the storm. “I ate by myself in my room,” said the 20-year-old, who had originally planned to eat out with friends.
Another student who said her name was Jackie, said she had a meeting and a class back to back, and was forced to run through the rain with no umbrella from one place to another. “I was a mess,” she said.
The Ramapo Record staff contributed to this report.
Take a look at some of the sights and videos of a soggy campus.
VIDEO:See the waterfall at the lake at Ramapo.
VIDEO: Lake crests on campus