18.04.2007, [11:00] // Orthodox //www.risu.org.ua
New Jersey, US-- On 14 April 2007 a powerful rain storm that swept across the entire eastern coast of the USA arrived in the area of the administrative and spiritual center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in South Bound Brook, New Jersey.
Due to the advance predictions of the magnitude of the storm, approximately 1,000 people visited on the traditional Easter Saturday pilgrimage this year. Only a few hundred braved the storm on Sunday. The rain began to fall at around 2 a.m. on Sunday and had not completely stopped throughout the day on Monday.
The Raritan River poured over its banks and it is not selective about where or what it invades. It slowly moved toward the Memorial Church, flooding the driveway, St. Andrew Cemetery entrance gates and surrounding the monument to St. Olha, Equal to the Apostles and Baptizer of Ukraine. Several of the homes located on center property are under water.
Fortunately, as the falling rain decreases, it appears that the flood will not equal the breadth of the 1999 experience. In that year, the waters came within ten feet of the Memorial Church. This year, they do not come near that level. The properties affected, however, lie directly in the areas that are susceptible to any overflow from the Raritan.
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