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Watch a New Jersey Dealership's Jeeps and Rams Get Swept Away by a Raging Flood

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Screenshot: Miguel Galo (Facebook)

A Fiat Chrysler dealership lost lots of cars to a major flood in northeast New Jersey on Saturday. A now-viral video shows a number of vehicles getting carried away like toys in a creek by a violent torrent before crashing into a bridge and into each other. The resulting mountain of soaked and bashed-up trucks and SUVs is a reminder of just how powerful flash floods can be.

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The mayor of Little Falls, New Jersey declared a state of emergency Sunday after the town was ravaged by flash flooding, causing the Peckman River (which flows into the nearby Passaic) to sweep away and destroyed a number of new and used Dodges, Jeeps and Rams from Route 46 Chrysler Jeep Dodge. Here’s a video of that destruction via Facebook user Miguel Galo:

Here’s another video showing not only the swept-away dealership inventory, but also the pure chaos on the streets above:

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According to ABC7, the owner of a towing company said roughly 16 cars had been extracted from the river by early Sunday, telling the news site:

“They’re all filled with mud, rocks and whatever you can flush into a car. It’s there.”

One of ABC’s reporters tweeted out this photo apparently showing the aftermath of one of the dealership’s vehicles

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In a letter to residents, Little Falls declared that it had closed off the Jackson Park part of town, and asked all residents to remove vehicles parked on any of nearly a dozen streets.

Luckily, ABC7 says the water has begun subsiding. Still, there’s apparently a huge, muddy mess to clean up. And indeed, in the letter to residents, Little Falls officials say they cannot pump water from basements because of “structural concerns.”

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So clearly the town has a lot of work ahead of it, as does that Fiat Chrysler dealership.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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