Mom, baby rescued from car roof after morning storm

     A New Jersey Transit train crosses the flooded Elberon train station underpass where a car was submerged this morning. / Photo from BlurRevision.com, via JSHN

    A New Jersey Transit train crosses the flooded Elberon train station underpass where a car was submerged this morning. / Photo from BlurRevision.com, via JSHN

    Rising flood waters left a woman and her 7-month old boy stranded on the roof of their car before a police rescue this morning in Long Branch.

    The woman and her child were in their car at the Elberon train station when a flash flood forced them out of the vehicle at about 10:40 this morning. Cpl. Michael Vogler grabbed the baby, while Ofc. Thomas Hueston and Cpl. Cesare Simonelli got the mother to safey, according to the LBPD on Facebook.

    Police told Down The Shore the car was under a train trestle at the station, and water climbed halfway up the windshield before the mom and baby were rescued. The car later submerged as flood waters rose higher.

    NBC4 New York reported: 

    In Long Branch, Odalias Perez, her baby boy and a male friend were driving home after getting some breakfast when the vehicle stopped moving on Long Branch Avenue and started smoking, Perez said. She feared flooding may have made the road impassable. 

    The water wasn’t too high, but with her baby, Aidan, in the car, she wasn’t taking chances. She and her friend called police, and firefighters, along with a water rescue team, responded with boats to help them out of the car and away from the water. 

    The mother said she was grateful for the assistance.

    The storms created flooding and havoc from the Delaware River to the coast, leaving roads and intersections along routes 42, 40, 45 and other major South Jersey highways impassable. At least one car was also submerged near a train crossing at Rowan University in Glassboro. The South Jersey Times reports thousands are still without power, and a possible tornado in southern Ocean County is being investigated, Justin Auciello reported earlier on Down The Shore. 

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