Just How Bad Was Yesterday’s Downpour?

TOMS RIVER – It was near-apocalyptic in Toms River for a couple hours, as rains pounded the region and flooded many areas in town.

At the end of Tuesday night, Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little shared storm stats from his department.

From 4-6:45 p.m. July 17, there were 152 calls for service:

  74 disabled motor vehicles


  Four burglar alarms

  15 fire calls, including four structure fire investigations

  Nine pole/wire calls

  Two welfare checks

  Nine road hazards

  18 flooding calls (“I told dispatch to stop taking those since the water will rescind,” Little said.)

  Six motor vehicle crashes 

  Three first aid calls

  Seven trees down

  Four traffic light malfunctions 

Little added that the Silverton Fire Company handled a “significant amount of calls” in their area as well.

There were three road closures, 36 tow trucks dispatched, and five police cars flooded.