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Weekend Rain Could Cause Headaches For Monday Morning Commuters

7-31-16 Blackwells Mills Closed - 1

The Blackwell Mills Causeway was closed July 31 due to minor flooding, and is expected to stay closed during the Aug. 1 morning commute.


Township commuters could have a rough go of it the morning of Aug. 1 as heavy weekend rains have caused flooding in several areas.

As of the evening of July 31, the Blackwells Mills and Griggstown causeways off Canal Road were flooded out, and “(m)otorists should anticipate that these causeways will remain closed through the morning commute,” according to a statement from the township.

Add to the closure of the Route 518 bridge at Canal Road, and the causeway closures will “have a significant impact upon the area,” according to the statement.

Drivers are being told to find alternate routes and, as a result, to expect heavier than normal traffic on side roads, at least for the morning.

The Millstone River at Blackwells Mills crested at about 4 p.m. July 31, leading to the flooding and an extension of the National Weather Service’s flood watch for the area.

The river should fall to below flood level by early Aug. 1, the NWS said in an update.

The NWS also issued a flash flood watch through the evening of Aug. 1.

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