Mother Nature could care less about insurance policies.
Heavy rains caused severe flash flooding across northern New Jersey last Saturday, and one very unfortunate Chrysler dealership was directly in the flooded Peckman River’s destructive path. According to ABC 7 News and footage obtained from local residents, the flooded river scored a direct hit on the car dealership’s lot, resulting in some Dodge Durangos, Jeep Grand Cherokees, trucks, sedans, and minivans being sent upriver. They ultimately slammed into a bridge and created a big pile of banged up metal. “It was basically hysterics, basically you didn’t have time to be scared,” a local resident told ABC 7.
A total of 16 vehicles were swept away and a towing company was unable to get to them until the following day. “They’re filled with mud, rocks and whatever you can flush into a car. It’s there,” said an employee of the hired towing company. The flash flooding caused additional damage in the area as well, cleanup for which is already underway. As for the dealership, chances are it’s insured for damaged vehicles on its lot. Question is, are natural disasters part of the policy? Let’s hope so. The total value of the vehicles shown in the video is certainly in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, perhaps more. Another video has also emerged showing a woman in her wedding dress trapped on the roof of a late model Hyundai Genesis that got caught in the flooding. Police came in a Humvee capable of braving the rising waters to rescue the bride.