Possible Hazardous Waste Discharge into the Raritan River during Tropical Storm Floyd




On September 17, 1999, the entire state of New Jersey was put into a state of emergency due to the fast approach of a potent tropical cyclone. Though not a hurricane by the time the storm reached the state, Floyd still packed a punch while it veered towards the northeast, away from the Jersey Shore.

Initially, high winds and coastal flooding were the most feared aspects of the storm. When the storm interacted with a stalled front, however, buckets and buckets of rain began to fall across the entire mid-Atlantic region. In a narrow swath from Eastern Maryland into Central New Jersey, rainfall amounts accumulated up to 14 inches.


LOCATION                     COUNTY                  TOTAL INCHES

CHESTERTOWN                  KENT MD                 14.00 
SOMERVILLE                   SOMERSET                13.34 
WHITE HOUSE                  HUNTERDON               12.98 
VERNON                       KENT DE                 12.36
FEDERALSBURG                 CAROLINE                11.20
PEQUANNOCK                   MORRIS                  11.04
GREENWOOD                    SUSSEX DE               10.58
AMERICAN CORNERS             CAROLINE                10.20
DOYLESTOWN                   BUCKS                   10.07
NESHANIC                     SOMERSET                10.05

Data retrieved from the National Weather Service Office in Mount Holly, NJ

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