NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION

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Flooding, Traffic Problems Hit N.J. Roadways After Hours of Rain

Monday, February 10, 2020 10:39 AM | Gregory Westfall (Administrator)

Updated Jan 27, 2020; Posted Jan 25, 2020

Newark car stuck flooding January 25 2020

A car is stranded after becoming stuck on a flooded street in Newark on Janaury 25, 2020. (Rebecca Panico | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)Rebecca Panico | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

By Rebecca Panico | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com and Michael Sol Warren | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

(This report was updated at 6:25 p.m. Saturday)

Heavy rain on Saturday caused roads across New Jersey to flood.

By Saturday afternoon, multiple state highways down the Shore in South Jersey were experiencing lane closures due to flooding, the New Jersey Department of Transportation warned in social media posts. The affected highways included Route 40 eastbound in Egg Harbor, Route 147 westbound in North Wildwood and Route 47 southbound in Wildwood.

Flooding was also causing traffic problems on the following highways as of Saturday evening, according to 511nj.org:

  • US 22 eastbound near Garden State Parkway in Union Township
  • I-287 southbound, south of Exit 57 (Skyline Drive) in Oakland
  • I-295 southbound, south of Exit 40 (Route 38) in Mount Laurel Township
  • NJ 35 southbound, north of the Turnpike in Woodbridge

A car was stranded at the intersection of Foundry Street and Ferry Street in Newark’s East Ward after being stuck in water that was up to the vehicle’s hood.

In Hackensack, firefighters helped an elderly man out of his car after the man found himself stranded in a flooded parking lot.

Hackensack flooding January 25 2020

Hackensack firefighters responded to an elderly man stuck in a car in a flooded parking lot after heavy rain on January 25, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the Hackensack Fire Department)Photo courtesy of the Hackensack Fire Department

It wasn’t just the roads that were hampered by the rain. Flooding in Camden caused NJ Transit to temporarily suspend River Line service between the Walter Rand Transportation Center and Waterfront Entertainment Complex. River Line service resumed at 2:15 p.m., according to NJ Transit spokesman Jim Smith.

The rain is expected to continue through the evening across the state, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday is expected to clear up, with forecasted high temperatures ranging from about 50° in Newark to 55° in Atlantic City.

Top rainfall totals

These are among the highest rainfall totals reported across New Jersey on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service and the Rutgers NJ Weather Network.

  • 2.29 inches in Pennington, Mercer County
  • 1.95 inches in Vineland, Cumberland County
  • 1.86 inches in Pennsville, Salem County
  • 1.79 inches in Delran, Burlington County
  • 1.77 inches in Mickleton (East Greenwich), Gloucester County
  • 1.71 inches in Princeton, Mercer County
  • 1.68 inches in Belle Mead, Somerset County
  • 1.68 inches in Logan Twp., Gloucester County
  • 1.68 inches in Mannington, Salem County
  • 1.68 inches in Riegelsville, Warren County
  • 1.66 inches in Caldwell, Essex County
  • 1.65 inches in Cedar Grove, Essex County
  • 1.64 inches in Cinnaminson, Burlington County
  • 1.62 inches in South Harrison, Gloucester County
  • 1.60 inches in Florham Park, Morris County
  • 1.60 inches in Millburn, Essex County
  • 1.59 inches in Chatham, Morris County
  • 1.58 inches in Woodstown, Salem County
  • 1.56 inches in Millville, Cumberland County
  • 1.55 inches in Mount Holly, Burlington County
  • 1.52 inches in Edison, Middlesex County
  • 1.52 inches in Medford, Burlington County
  • 1.52 inches in Sicklerville, Camden County

NJ Advance Media staff writers Rodrigo Torrejon and Len Melisurgo contributed to this report.

Rebecca Panico may be reached at rpanico@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaPanico.

Michael Sol Warren may be reached at mwarren@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MSolDub. Find NJ.com on Facebook.



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