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Flooding Causes Havoc On Township Streets

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An abandoned Xfinity truck, caught in the flood waters on Canal Road on May 1.

The after-effects of the April 30 rain storm will probably continue to be felt through the evening rush hour, township officials say.

As of noon May 1, this was the message on the township Web site:

As we enter the lunchtime hour and prepare for the afternoon commute, numerous roadways continue to be flooded. Motorists should expect delays for the remainder of the day and plan alternate routes accordingly.

Once again we remind you to respect “Road Closed” signs and barricades and to not drive through standing water.

The following roads are closed and expected to remain so through the afternoon rush hour:

– Blackwell’s Mills Causeway
– Griggstown Causeway
– Easton Avenue at Davidson Avenue
– Easton Avenue at Cedar Grove Lane
– Easton Avenue at Foxwood Drive
– Cottontail Road in the area of Schoolhouse Rd.
– Canal Road in various locations over the entire length
– Mettlers Road
– Bunkerhill Road in the area of Canal Road
– Coppermine Road in the area of Canal Road
– Blackwell’s Mills Road at Van Cleef Road

Township residents also continue to post updates of road conditions on various social media sites.

More than 5 inches of rain fell on the area, according to the Rutgers University NJ Climate & Weather Network, resulting in low-lying areas being flooded.

The National Weather Service notes that the Millstone River at Blackwells Mills was nearly 7 feet over its flood stage threshold of 9 feet at 1 p.m. May 1.

The river should recede to below flood level by Saturday morning, according to the NWS.

A flood warning is still in effect for that area, as well as the Raritan River in Manville and Bound Brook, the NWS said.

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