Drenching Storm Floods Ocean City on Thursday

first_imgWading down Haven Avenue. A jeep comes to the aid of another vehicle stuck on a cross-street off West Avenue on Thursday morning in Ocean City.The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Ocean City on Thursday morning (July 10) with little advance notice.Merion Park residents push a disabled vehicle off Westminster Lane In Merion Park.Within two hours, more than 3 inches of rain fell, leaving a scene of flooded streets more reminiscent of a nor’easter or hurricane than a summer thunderstorm.The total rainfall for the morning storm topped 4 inches as reported from a gauge in Beesleys Point, across the bay from Ocean City.The line of strong thunderstorms moved northeast at 30 mph across the region and hit coastal areas harder than many parts of the mainland. The flood warning was in effect through 1:15 p.m.In Ocean City, the flooding buried cars on Simpson, Haven and West avenues and in bayside neighborhoods such as Merion Park. Traveling from the bayside to the beach was treacherous at most cross-streets on the island at mid-morning.Kayakers paddled down the low-lying avenues, and pedestrians waded through thigh-deep water.Reader Leenie Teresa submitted this photo from the storm on Thursday.High tide had passed at about 7 a.m. at the Ninth Street Bridge, but drainage was still poor at a mid-tide. Low tide came at about 1 p.m. on the bayside.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Funeral services pending for racing legend Arlo Becker

first_imgNORWAY, Iowa – IMCA and the rest of the automotive racing world are in mourning following the passing of a legend.Arlo Becker, the first-ever IMCA Modified track champion died Monday, June 12 of injuries sustained when a tractor he was driving overturned in rural Benton County.Becker, 79, had raced for more than half a century at tracks across Iowa and the Midwest. Champion at Vinton Speedway in 1979, the first year for the IMCA Modified, Becker qualified for the Super Nationals main event in 1993.He won his 51st and final sanctioned feature in the class in 2005.Becker continued to be a mainstay in the sport, promoting demolition events and attending local races and reunions.“There are so many Arlo stories. He was a rare breed of promoter, whatever the venue was,” said Kathy Root, former IMCA owner and president and now chair of the sanctioning body’s executive committee. “One of my favorite stories was when he sold ‘I Love Arlo’ T-shirts, along with ‘I Hate Arlo’ shirts at the Vinton speedway.”“Arlo was one of the original IMCA Modified drivers and his participation helped to promote the new class,” she added.Funeral arrangements are pending.last_img read more

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